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Playing for Pizza - John Grisham
Playing for Pizza
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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... show more
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. Great, says Rick—for which team?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—not even where it is—has never been to Europe, and doesn’t speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance, and Football Americano— holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385525008 (0385525001)
ASIN: 385525001
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 262
Edition language: English
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Audio Book Junkie
Audio Book Junkie rated it
3.5 “Playing For Pizza” by John Grisham -perfect pool-side read in Italy
If you've only read Grisham's lawyer-thrillers then this book will come as pleasant surprise. It is a crisp well-written comedy about falling in love with life. At least, life as it is sometime lived in Italy. Our hero is not a lawyer but a washed out NFL Quarterback who escapes to a season in Ita...
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc rated it
4.0 Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza by John GrishamRick has woken up from his injury on the football field and has no recollection as to why he was even in the game. He had been in many football teams and didn't even register the latest one.Only 28 and he's told to retire....he is about to be served for paternity sui...
Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories rated it
4.0
Not by any means is this a masterpiece of writing but it is a very entertaining story that has heart, humor and some of the best meals described that the characters get to enjoy that I have ever heard of and very much wish I had been able to sample some of for myself by the time the book was finishe...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
4.0 Playing For Pizza: A Novel
20,000 people have read this book--a small town--but because it was GRISHAM, most of them were sucked in. no legalistic drama. no court room showdowns. no explication of mechanisms by which to cheat the system.hence, low ratings on GR.HOWEVER... if you don't actually like Grisham, this is the one bo...
artsy musings of a bibliophile
artsy musings of a bibliophile rated it
3.0 Playing for Pizza: A Novel
First off, I found this novel to be a bit boring at some places. The story was intriguingly interesting but it felt like a chore rather than an enjoyment because there were so many same stories with different tour places, food talk and the general football americano. The driving incidents made me th...
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