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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback-for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player-any former NFL player-at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers-at least until a better offer comes along-and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, has never been to Europe, and doesnt speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

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"Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza." USA Today

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"Enthralling." People

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"Score another one for Grisham....This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller." USA Today

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"A light-hearted story of football, food and love." Richmond Times-Dispatch

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"Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does." New York Daily News

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"Delightfully comic...a deeply satisfying story." The Boston Globe

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"Charming...the author's love letter to Italy." Publishers Weekly

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

After providing what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL, third-string quarterback Rick Dockery becomes a national laughingstock. Cut by the Cleveland Browns, and shunned by every other team, Rick insists that his agent find a team that does need him. Against enormous odds, Rick lands a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

About the Author

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

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Jessica L. Fuller, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica L. Fuller)
This is a gift for my Father who has almost every John Grisham in hard back. I'm hoping this will be a refreshing addition to his collection this Christmas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385344005
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.26 x 0.59 in 0.4775 lb

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Product details 272 pages Bantam - English 9780385344005 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza."
"Review" by , "Enthralling."
"Review" by , "Score another one for Grisham....This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller."
"Review" by , "A light-hearted story of football, food and love."
"Review" by , "Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does."
"Review" by , "Delightfully comic...a deeply satisfying story."
"Review" by , "Charming...the author's love letter to Italy."
"Synopsis" by , #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

After providing what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL, third-string quarterback Rick Dockery becomes a national laughingstock. Cut by the Cleveland Browns, and shunned by every other team, Rick insists that his agent find a team that does need him. Against enormous odds, Rick lands a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

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