Here are a few new book releases from this week (and last week) that are worth checking out:
As a fan of Friday Night Lights, I am eagerly awaiting Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town by Bryan Mealer. Amazon.com has chosen it as one of their best books of the month and describe it: “How can a small high school in one of the nation’s sorriest towns–a swampy Everglades burg ravaged by drugs, AIDS, crime, violence, and poverty–produce a football team that’s sent dozens of players to the NFL? In Mealer’s gritty year-in-the-life narrative of Glades Central High’s Raiders, answering that question becomes an exploration of much more than football. The history of the Everglades, the influence of Big Sugar, Haitian immigration, and the obsessive devotion of a homegrown coach all play their part. Though Muck City covers similar turf as Friday Night Lights, Mealer makes it clear that ‘this is not that story.’ The Raiders have no team bus and no booster club; student turnout for games is pathetically low. And yet, in the unlikely setting of central Florida’s loamy muck, ‘high school football was salvation itself.’
Hardback, Crown Books.
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