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The assist : hoops, hope, and the game of their lives

Author: Neil Swidey
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Anyone who cares about Boston and race and hope and hoops will take heart from Neil Swidey's The Assist, in which decent kids jockey for a lucky break in a world in which decency and luck are often in short supply. Set in compact, feisty, history-haunted Charlestown, this book is a powerhouse work of literary journalism about a powerhouse basketball program and the coach who wouldn't take no for an answer."  Read more...
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Named Person: Jack O'Brien; Jack O'Brien
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Swidey
ISBN: 9781586484699 1586484699
OCLC Number: 171613605
Awards: Short-listed for Iowa High School Book Award 2011
Short-listed for Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award 2010
Description: xii, 373 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
part 1: The pre-season --
Hood --
Ridley --
The rules of the road --
O'Brien --
part 2: The season --
Fits and starts --
A taste of the high life --
Townies in black and white --
Rematch --
Fathers, sons, and surrogates --
part 3: The post-season --
The cities --
Survive and advance --
palyoffs and payoffs --
Mind over matter --
part 4: The off-season --
Crime's call --
No ordinary summer --
part 5: End game --
The unraveling --
The tipping point --
The decision --
Blind justice --
Revise and revoke --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Neil Swidey.

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Hoop Dreams meets Common Ground in this riveting portrait of a driven basketball coach at an iconic high school, and of his players, each struggling to rise above the many forces pulling them down  Read more...
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