Hand-Me-Down Dream (Essay)

Hand-Me-Down Dream (Essay)

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In this eBook exclusive essay, Pulitzer Prizea€“winning sports journalist George Dohrmann follows a father and son separated by prison barsa€”but bonded by their pursuit of basketball glory. The dream of playing big-time basketball never came true for Bruce Nelson, so he passed it on to his son Roberto. His every waking moment as a father was devoted to securing Roberto a Division I scholarship. Oftentimes he worried that his sona€™s lack of competitive fire might put that dream in jeopardya€”when in fact it was Brucea€™s own actions that would do so. When Bruce is forced to monitor Robertoa€™s progress from behind penitentiary walls, his influence recedesa€”and so too does Robertoa€™s commitment to the aspirations they once shared. In a story that combines deep insight into family relationships with the deft storytelling that distinguished his award-winning Play Their Hearts Out, George Dohrmann follows Roberto as he addresses his lifea€™s most difficult decisions in the absence of his best friend and most constant companion. In doing so, Dohrmann sheds new light on the larger story of basketball dreams and the pressures they place on young athletes. Includes an excerpt from George Dohrmanna€™s Play Their Hearts Out, winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and the Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Youth Sports. Praise for Play Their Hearts Out a€œOften heartbreaking, always riveting.a€a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œTremendous.a€a€”The Plain Dealer a€œIndispensable.a€a€”The Wall Street Journal a€œA tour de force of reporting, filled with deft storytelling and vivid character studies.a€a€”The Washington Post a€œOne of the finest sports books of all time.a€a€”Harpera€™s Magazine a€œAmazing stuff . . . the Friday Night Lights of youth basketball.a€a€”Leigh Montville, author of The Big Bam a€œA landmark achievement in basketball journalism.a€a€”Kirkus Reviews (starred review) NAMED ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES a€c THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR a€c KIRKUS REVIEWSHe took full course loads and continued to do so the following summer, long after he had garnered enough credits to be eligible to receive a scholarship. ... Thata#39;s in me too, that wanting to help, and so I think I need a career where I can do that.

Title:Hand-Me-Down Dream (Essay)
Author: George Dohrmann
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2012-02-07

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