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A Season on the Reservation: My Soujourn with the White Mountain Apache

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has always been fascinated by history -- nineteenth-century American history in particular. Tired of L.A., restless and looking for new adventure, challenge, and discovery, he decides to go live among the Apaches he's read about.He encounters a complex reality. The kids on the Alchesay Falcons team don't easily embrace what he's trying to teach them on ...more
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published March 31st 2000 by William Morrow & Company (first published February 2000)
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Cynthia Sillitoe
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago and it's still one of my favorite memoirs. (I'm very into memoirs these days.) You really don't need to know anything about basketball to enjoy it. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is "My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apache". That's what it is. He spent the basketball season in 1998-1999 as an assistant basketball coach at Alchesay High Scholl on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, in Arizona
Kareen Abdul Jabbar played for UCLA in the late '60s, under John Wooden. Those years were a learning experience in so many ways. Having John Wooden as a coach, of course,and for 4 years was huge. As important was going all the way through college to get
Mar 27, 2022 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 to be fair. A very pleasant, easy read about his time trying to help and learn from an interesting group of young b-ball players and their families and community in a remote corner of the Southwest. Nothing revelatory here, just a nice easy read that takes you along for the mind-opening ride.
David Ellis
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the last few months, I have been reading basketball books. I'm not sure why; maybe because I used to be fan and with our move i don't have a team that I follow. At any rate, Kareem's book on his season as an assistant coach with a high school team from the White Mountain Apache Reservation lead me to learn a bit about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his take on late 20th century American culture, and to feed my Basketball Jones. While not a classic like Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game it was so much ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
A quick read. It read like a diary. Informative but not deep enough. Although the author had a very short time period to write about, it may have been helpful to add a bit more depth. If your interests lie in auto-biographical or history, this might be some too light. I appreciated the author's overall experience and would like to know if he has intentions of returning to the reservation in the future. ...more
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. It gives some insight into an overlooked part of our population (in the U.S.). It is a great book but if you enjoy studying Native American culture then this is a must-read. Also, Kareem tells how one person can make a real difference. Oh yeah, it also has basketball, a wonderful sport.
Sarah Levy
ok, he's not the best author ...more
Roy White
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
A fascinating story, even if there is some 'in my day' crankiness to get through. Here is my review:
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.

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