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by Carlton Stowers

  • Author: Carlton Stowers
  • ISBN: 0306814978
  • ISBN13: 978-0306814976
  • ePub: 1351 kb | FB2: 1311 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Football (American)
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 8, 2006)
  • Pages: 226
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 156
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Where Dreams Die Hard ePub download

Frankly, that's where the charm of this book lies.

Frankly, that's where the charm of this book lies. As Stowers mentions, Texas high school football is big business elsewhere and on any given Friday, over 2 million people will be attending games across the state and a LOT of money changes hands. That's not the case in Penelope, where its stadium was built by volunteer labor on former pasture land for a few thousand dollars and breaking even financially is the goal.

Where Dreams Die Hard book. Two-time Edgar Award-winning writer Carlton Stowers (author of Careless Whispers) discovered a special town that came together, not only to support their six-man highschool football team-the Penelope Wolverines-through thick and a lot of thin, but also, and more importantly, each other. Oct 12, 2012 Timmy Reed added it.

Where Dreams Die Hard is a warm and revealing portrait of the American heartland-and of. .Carlton Stowers has twice won the Edgar Award for the year's Best Fact Crime Book, for Careless Whispers and To the Last Breath.

Where Dreams Die Hard is a warm and revealing portrait of the American heartland-and of one small town's love affair with the team that unites it. "Through his unforgettable depiction of innocence, goodness, loyalty, and friendship. Carlton Stowers gives us a moving portrait of a community that, in the words of one of the Penelope faithful, is like 'stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. He has written for Sports Illustrated, People, and TV Guide, among other publications.

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Small town Texas in "Where Dreams Die Hard". Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago. Having chronicled so much disaster, destruction and unspeakable horror committed by people against other people during his extensive writing career, Texas author Carlton Stowers was looking for something simpler in the wake of the 911 tragedy. Stowers tells the perhaps apochryphal story of a country in west Texas where one man refused to give up his farm and move to the next county, even though a prominent oilman dangled him a job with a salary far beyond anything he would ever be making if he stayed home. The oilman, you seem had designs on the farmer's son.

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Here, where the only thriving businesses are the granary and the post office, unless you count the soft-drink machine in front of the fire station, two-time Edgar Award-winning writer Carlton Stowers discovered a special town that came together, not only to support their six-man highschool football team-the Penelope Wolverines-through thick and a lot.

Where dreams die hard . A Small American Town and Its Six-Man Football Team. The little North Texas town of Penelope, writes true-crime veteran Stowers, has only a couple of hundred residents and only a couple of businesses, a granary and the post office. With so small a population, the high school could not field a regulation team and so, a few years ago, adopted the strange and fast-paced game called six-man football, which, nationwide, is played by around 225 to 250 schools. ISBN 9780306814976 (978-0-306-81497-6) Softcover, Da Capo Press, 2006. Find signed collectible books: 'Where Dreams Die Hard'. Founded in 1997, BookFinder.

Down Farm Road 308, an hour's drive south of Dallas, amidst sprawling fields of cotton lies a small community--Penelope, Texas (population 211). Here, where the only thriving businesses are the granary and the post office, unless you count the soft-drink machine in front of the fire station, two-time Edgar Award-winning writer Carlton Stowers discovered a special town that came together, not only to support their six-man highschool football team--the Penelope Wolverines--through thick and a lot of thin, but also, and more importantly, each other. Where Dreams Die Hard is a warm and revealing portrait of the American heartland--and of one small town's love affair with the team that unites it. "Through his unforgettable depiction of innocence, goodness, loyalty, and friendship...Carlton Stowers gives us a moving portrait of a community that, in the words of one of the Penelope faithful, is like 'stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting.'" (Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is) "High school football in Texas is both sport and religion, and Stowers brilliantly brings this to light in Where Dreams Die Hard." (Jim Dent, author of The Junction Boys)
TheSuspect
I grew up in the Seattle area concentrating my football interests on NFL and NCAA D1 teams. Yes, I attended prep games when I went to high school, but football at that level has never been a cultural driver in Seattle. It wasn't until I moved to a small town in Southwest Washington and started announcing prep football on the radio and PA system that I began really paying attention to the game at that level, but now I'm hooked. This book touches on what makes that happen with so many people, including myself.

Carlton Stowers has been a hard-news, true crime writer for newspapers and books over several years when he finally gets tired of chronicling mankind's shortcomings and decides to spend time in a very small town south of Dallas writing about its six-man prep football team while decompressing from what he's been covering in larger cities and spending time with his own dying father, who lives fairly close. That he chose Penelope makes this book all the more interesting in that it's a town than has seen better times and whose team was revived from the ashes in 2000 (five years before Stowers' arrival) after 40 years of dormancy and had seem precious little success to that point. In other words, Midland Permian it wasn't.

Frankly, that's where the charm of this book lies. As Stowers mentions, Texas high school football is big business elsewhere and on any given Friday, over 2 million people will be attending games across the state and a LOT of money changes hands. That's not the case in Penelope, where its stadium was built by volunteer labor on former pasture land for a few thousand dollars and breaking even financially is the goal. No players realistically envision playing for the Texas Longhorns or Dallas Cowboys in the future and what exposure the program usually gets is having their score printed in small agate typeset in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday...maybe. This is football played without fame, glory or certainly money. It's a small group of teenagers on the field simply because they love playing the game, and the most they'll ever get out of it besides the games themselves are some life lessons along the way and the memories they'll have as they get older. To me, that's the appeal of this book and football at smaller schools (prep and college) in general. They may have been written in the same state, but "Where Dreams Die Hard" and "Friday Night Lights" come from perspectives worlds apart from each other.

If you're looking for descriptive prose of on-field exploits, you'll do better elsewhere. If you're looking for reasons why something as seemingly innocuous as small-town, six-man football is something that brings people together and helps keep those towns alive, you won't do better. This book isn't so much about the game itself as about the people who play and watch it. As a postscript, Corey McAdams is (as of 2013) still coaching the Wolverines, who finally broke through and had five winning seasons in a row between 2007-11 after the humblest of beginnings.
Cel
This is a story of the 2004 Penelope High school Football season. Penelope is a small town in Texas that due to its size plays 6 man football. The author, Carlton Stowers of Texas who normally reports on crime and its attendant depressing stories, decided to take a respite from that line of work and write about the Penelope Wolverines and their team. The result is a gem of a book and an intimate look at small town life and its love of their 6 man team. The town is described as one where people “embrace the day and extend a helping hand.” (Pg.201) Friday night is game time and the town pulls together to root for their team and temporarily escape the worries of the day. Facing challenges foreign to larger schools who play 11 man ball, Coaches teach classes, prepare the team and even drive the bus to games while positively influencing young lives. The author causes the reader to care about this team , it’s players ,coaches and community. After reading I have an interest in the 6 man game and would like to visit Penelope and attend a game. This is great book. Recommended.
Moronydit
I thought this book was excellent and an incredible effort from an author that has only written non-fiction about violent crimes before. This is the kind of book that rekindles your faith in America and makes you realize there is another and maybe better way of life than how most of us live. While I felt like I escaped to a simpler place and time the book showed that even in a rural, slow paced, simpler lifestyle problems still exist. I didn't want the book to end not because of any special intrigue or what the final outcome was but just because it was such a good read. This is a book where the journey was better than the end result.
Marilore
The author described small town life, in all it's glories and drudgeries, with sincerity and well-deserved respect. Through his words, I came to admire the people of Penelope and to wish I had been there to cheer on the team. Wherever each of those students is today I hope they've used the lessons (both good and bad) learned throughout that season to help them become successful, productive, and happy adults. Thanks goes to the teachers and coaches at Penelope who worked so hard to see to it that football was a valuable venue for those important lessons. We could use a lot more of that these days! And thanks to the author for sharing their story with us.
Mr.jeka
Both being retired law enforcement, my wife and I enjoy true crime books. I bought this one because it was written by Carlton Stowers, as we like his writing style and the fact that he is from and writes about Texas cases, some of which we are familiar with. This book, like all his books, is very well written, a good read, although it is quite a twist from his usual work.
Jox
one of the best books of it's kind I have read...
Felolak
The book I s great. I purchased 4 more copies of it to give to my football coaching sons and son in laws. All copies arrived as scheduled, and in very good shape. All in all, I am very pleased.
I played six-man and eight-man football in high school, so this book was very interesting to me. It realistically shows some of the life in small towns.
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