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Playing for Pizza

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Playing for Pizza

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
John Grisham
publisher:
Doubleday
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B-

When the Cleveland Browns’ top two QBs are injured in the conference title game, third-stringer Rick Dockery personally snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. His fourth-quarter meltdown makes him a national punchline, and the only team that will hire him is the Panthers — in Parma, Italy. John Grisham is drawn to the Old World’s restorative powers in Playing for Pizza — think Under the Tuscan Sun for jocks — but his hero prefers American coeds abroad. Despite his breezy prose and top-notch football IQ, Grisham too seems less impressed with the natives, introducing and then ignoring a huddle of colorful locals. B-