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Hoop Roots

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A multilayered memoir of basketball, family, home, love, and race, John Edgar Wideman’s 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, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 2001)
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D. Pow
One of the surprises of my life in the last few years is falling back in love with sports. I thought I had given them up, filed them away as philistine nonsense, juvenile and macho posturing, another example of the bread and circuses the gatekeepers of our society toss out to the enthralled masses.

I never really gave up on baseball, to be truthful. The love went too deep, back to my earliest memories, hours and hours spent playing pick up games, over the line, or just solitarily throwing a ball
Lew Pepper
As a former school yard basketball player and a long time fan of John Wideman (the player and writer) this is a must read for me. Race and sports and their relationship to each other are well captured in Wideman's meticulous prose.
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A widely-celebrated writer and the winner of many literary awards, he is the first to win the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice: in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. In 2000 he won the O. Henry Award for his short story "Weight", published in The Callaloo Journal.

In March, 2010, he self-published "Briefs," a new collection of microstories, on Stories
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