About the Book

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

by Buzz Bissinger

Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa --- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers' dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires --- and sometimes shatters --- the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. Includes Reader's Group Guide inside.

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
by Buzz Bissinger

  • Publication Date: August 21, 2006
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Sports
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • ISBN-10: 030681529X
  • ISBN-13: 9780306815294