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Balls

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  15 reviews
BALLS is the story of a college football coach, his rise, his fall, and his fallback position. You could say BALLS is the story of a coach's kick-off, his first, second, and third downs . . . and his punt. But BALLS is a coach's story that belongs to the coach's wife. To her, and to his mother, his mother-in-law, his daughter, his assistants' wives, his players' mothers an ...more
ebook, 396 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (first published 1998)
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Andrea
I never would have thought a book about the women in the lives of college football coaches would be interesting to me but I love Nanci Kincaid's writing so I gave it a try. Once again, she came through with a book that was difficult to put down. Themes of sexism and racism are woven throughout- I found the characters very interesting. And I liked the way she presented it- each chapter from a particular female character's perspective. My favorite book by this author, however, is "As Hot as it was ...more
Rachel
Even though I really enjoy college football and I am a tiny bit obsessed with the television show Friday Night Lights, I didn't actually expect this book to be as good as it was. I think I have sports on one end of my brain and good books on the other, and ne'er the twain shall meet.

But Nanci Kincaid, an author I picked up in my Read Local campaign, proved me wrong. With razor-sharp insight most likely gained through her own experience as the wife of a college football coach, she narrates the st
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Lauren
I loved this book the first time I read it in college and I think I liked it even more this time around. It tells the story of football coach Mac Gibbs through the eyes of his wife, mother, daughter, other coaches wives, and various players' mothers and girlfriends. Seeing that it's about to be football season again and headlines are starting to crank out about recruitment and such, I feel like I've seen behind the curtain into what it's like to be part of a "football family." I'm very glad Matt ...more
Kathy Sandlin
I heart college football. Especially football with the southern conferences. This is the story of Dixie and Mac as they make there way through football in Alabama. The whole book is told by Dixie and all of the women that enter her life. Could be her mother, mother in law, daughter, friends, foes, mothers of players etc.. Each chapter is told by a different character. The author changes the dialect to reflect the character. The other interesting set up in the book is that sometimes the next chap ...more
M Dawn
In the height of football season, with many coaches changing jobs, it was interesting to read this novel told from multiple points of view about what life is like for a head coach and those around him. With clear references to "Bear" Bryant and the Crimson tide, this book also takes on issues of race and celebrity in big time college football. A light read.
Colleen
If I could, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I don't usually like books that have several narrators, switching back and forth in self-titled chapters, but this author uses it to her advantage. An interesting look at sexism and racism through the lens of high school and college football.
Jesse Blazewicz
Great, captivating story. It is not one, though, that you can read over a long period of time...if you put it down for too many days, you lose track of who's who. It is told by several different characters whose lives center around a college football team.
Lenoir
I loved this book. I'm not a huge fan of college football having gone to a college with no football team and being raised in NC where basketball is king. It's more about the lives of the women surrounding the game than it is about the actual game.
Charity
Another book that was picked at random at the library. I was impressed with this book. Each chapter is in a different characters' point-of-view about their lives surrounding a fictional college football team.
Stephanie Williams
About the wife of a football coach. Really interesting. I would've enjoyed this book anyway, but she was my creative fiction professor! :)
Elaine
I love football so this is a very interesting book for me. Looks deep into the lives of the player, coaches and their wives. A good read
Lori Madsen
Surprised I liked this one. Tale of a college football coach told through the voices of the women in his life.
Jennifer
Great book - Nanci Kincaid is married to SJ state coach Dick Tomey, so she has a great perspective on the game.....
Jill
Great book...seems based on true story for sure. Loved being in love with the football coaches from the south.
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