Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Reading your way through the World Cup - USA

While the men of the USMNT played valiantly, they eventually lost to Belgium 2-1 in extra time. Not exactly known for being a soccer nation, the United States succeeded in proving their talent and drive as they fought their way out of the Group of Death. They lost their chance to advance to the quarterfinals, but Tim Howard managed to set a World Cup record by making sixteen saves. We may be disappointed here at Prestwick House, but we know that our men did their best on the field and will be even better in World Cup 2018 in Russia.

It may be over for the United States, but there are several amazing countries that remain and many more books to read. Today we’ll include Danny Scott’s pick for the USA, Friday Night Lights. While we may not be famous for soccer, Friday Night Lights reveals the very core of southern American football, focusing on a small town in Texas with huge amounts of potential. Pick this up if you want to take your mind off soccer for a little bit — football season is only 64 days away!

Check out the rest of Danny Scott’s list for more amazing reads from the participating countries in the World Cup!

Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger, Yellow Jersey If you think soccer fans are fanatical, spend 1988 with the Permian Panthers as this high school American football team carry the hopes, dreams and expectations of 20,000 Texans every Friday night. Written as narrative non-fiction, Bissinger's book, which he moved his family to the town to research, is held by some as the greatest sports book ever written and has since been adapted as a film and TV series. 

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