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A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Widemans Hoop Roots brings "a touch of Proust to the blacktop" (Time) as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play. Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago, Wideman works magical riffs that connect black music, language, culture, and sport. His voice modulates from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, in describing the game that has sustained his passion throughout his life.

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A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Widemans Hoop Roots brings "a touch of Proust to the blacktop" (Time) as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play. Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago, Wideman works magical riffs that connect black music, language, culture, and sport. His voice modulates from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, in describing the game that has sustained his passion throughout his life.

About the Author

John Edgar Wideman is the first writer to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His nonfiction book Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent novel is Two Cities. He teaches at Baruch College, NYC.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618257751
Author:
Wideman, John Edgar
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Wideman,
Author:
Edgar, John
Author:
Wideman, John Edgar
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
African American authors
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.10x5.12x.69 in. .60 lbs.

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A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Widemans Hoop Roots brings "a touch of Proust to the blacktop" (Time) as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play. Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago, Wideman works magical riffs that connect black music, language, culture, and sport. His voice modulates from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, in describing the game that has sustained his passion throughout his life.
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