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Playing for Pizza Playing for Pizza Best Read || [John Grisham] - Playing for Pizza, Playing for Pizza 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 Wi

  • Title: Playing for Pizza
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780385525008
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover

Playing for Pizza Best Read || [John Grisham], Playing for Pizza Best Read || [John Grisham], Playing for Pizza, John Grisham, Playing for Pizza 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 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 laughingstRick Docke. Playing for Pizza Best Read || [John Grisham] - Playing for Pizza, Playing for Pizza 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 Wi

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  1. Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didn t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve year old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl s father had murdered her assailants Getting up at 5 a.m every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987 Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grisham s hobby However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full time career and spark one of publishing s greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham s reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grisham s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around, it was a bestseller.Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas , as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non fiction.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five year hiatus, to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients case, earning them a jur

  2. I started reading John Grisham books when I was the nerdiest sixth grader of all time and thought I d grow up to be a lawyer And though I found none of them particularly memorable, I did enjoy his huge slew of legal thrillers back in the day.Out of pure curiosity I now occasionally pick up one of his offbeat efforts, like this one about an American quarterback playing semi pro football in Italy This was, quite simply, one of the dumbest and strangest books I ve ever read At times, Grisham delve [...]

  3. I liked this story than a little I m no big sports fan, but I enjoyed hearing about the physical aspects of football as described in this book I m also a big food nut, and liked how that was the second focus of this book There was plenty of good humor So, if you want a happy feel good book that doesn t strain the brain but makes you wince when the character strains something else This title should be on your gameplan.Oh, I also listened to this in the car, and when I did dishes rather than read [...]

  4. This is another gem from Grisham in which he gives us a glimpse of his tale spinning away from the courtroom dramas This time he whisks us away to Italy The vivid descriptions of ingredients, foods, and full course meals will make you hungry reminded me of reading Part 1 of Eat, Pray, Love This book is a real treat if you enjoy international travel and are a football NFL that is fan But even if you aren t into quarterbacks you can easily skim the sporty paragraphs and still have a lot of fun fee [...]

  5. A die hard fan will read anything written by a favorite author, and I am that for John Grisham I don t always care for the end results, but I will always give his books my all Last winter I finally got around to reading The Broker in which Grisham none too subtly extolled the virtues of the Italian culture The premise of Playing for Pizza leaves no doubt that his entire point in writing this slim novel is to continue sharing that love affair with his readers Pizza, above all else, is a lengthy l [...]

  6. An entertaining, quick read that will hasten your desire to see Italy This is a departure from a typical Grisham novel, but it s a refreshing sports story with a romantic twist that will probably be made into a movie someday Enjoy

  7. A good rule to live by is that any book that has detailed descriptions of Italian meals is worth reading I found Playing for Pizza very enjoyable and no exception to that rule It tells the story of Rick Dockery, a journeyman third string quarterback in the NFL, who after a disastorous game in which he was the goat, can only find work on a semi pro football team in Parma, Italy Somewhat predictably, he rediscovers his love of the game, is welcomed by his gregarious teamates, and discovers the joy [...]

  8. a departure from Grishams usual, nevertheless i loved this book the writing seemed so effortless and the characters are enjoyable.

  9. The author grabbed me by the arm and took me on a no holds barred, light hearted adventure through the streets of Parma, Italy and into the world of football served up Italian style I eagerly assumed the role of tourist in this charming tucked away city, sampled wonderful local wines, consumed mouth watering pastas and cheeses and came to appreciate the hospitable charm of the warm, colorful people reserved only for the fortunate few Needless to say, I was enthralled to visit there John Grisham [...]

  10. Playing for pizza is quite a strange book Despite being written by Grisham, one of my favorite writers, it is so unlike his typical books, that I could have guessed it was written by, I dunno, Jodi Picoult or someone else, had I not known who actually wrote it Now this book s also strange because it has no plot Basically it s sort of a simplified diary of Rick s life in Italy, or, like an account of what did he eat, where did he eat, what did he drink, where did he drink, what cafe, bar, tratto [...]

  11. When Grisham comes away from his cookie cutter legal works he shows an interesting skill as a storyteller This is a fun and at times funny look at a has been NFL quarterback who chases his football dream to Italy A fun and at times funny tale well told Light and quick like much of his non legal work but far entertaining than the legal things he writes.

  12. I had never read John Grisham before and had never really thought to give him a try Naturally, the one time I read him, I read something that s atypical of his usual work It was my familiarity of his name that prompted me to pick him up at all, and then it was only because I anticipated a long wait at the doctor s office and needed something to read I don t even read legal thrillers, and I m really not that into football.Logical reading choice, isn t it But the book had a cute premise a third st [...]

  13. 3.5 starsThis is my second book of John Grisham I did not expect this at all The first book being The Associate, I thought Playing For is very much in the same boat I was so wrong Hehe Reading this book, I don t feel like reading a novel It was like travelogue to me And of course I wish I can go to Italy It was on my list I am not a huge fan of sports Occasionally I will watch football or they call it soccer in America Here in Malaysia we called it football But not that often So, I don t really [...]

  14. I enjoyed seeing this guy make choices and changes in his life for the better I didn t want it to endVIEWER S OPINION Most of my reviews are on romance novels, so this is off genre for me This is sports fiction plus some human relationships fiction I liked it It reminded me of underdog sports teams and or athletes finding success or doing something positive I did not understand some of the football jargon, but I enjoyed the story As a side note, I believe this author is best known for his legal [...]

  15. playing for pizza playing for pizza represents many things drive passion love for the game and true determation this book got gave to me by my dad i first i thought what in the heck could this mean so i started reading the first 10 pages i read the first ten pages and got bored the next day i kept reading as i got into it i couldnt find my self time to put it down wich is suprising for me since i am not a fan of reading expecially books i dont chose my self i think that one thing that made this [...]

  16. Book on CD read by Christopher Evan WelchRick Dockery doesn t know anything but football, but he s obviously not very good at it In six years, he played with eight teams Now no one wants him, unless it s to beat him up for his latest performance, which basically handed the AFC championship to the rival team But it seems that Italy is bonkers for American football, and the Parma Panthers are in need of a quarterback And leaving for Europe will also keep a former cheerleader s attorneys from filin [...]

  17. This book has no point It is a hallmark lifetime after school special minus the I can t look away factor.

  18. This must rate as one of the most awful books I have ever read Why didn t I give up after 30 pages Because I was trapped on a nine hour flight with nothing else to read It s almost hard to decide where to start insulting this piece of mind cabbage.First, I ve read most of Grisham s books, and have generally enjoyed them, so this isn t a rant against an author I dislike, but against this particular book Second, the whole setting is farcical Americans may enjoy this as they understand American Foo [...]

  19. With Playing for Pizza, Grisham once again proves that he should restrict himself to writing legal thrillers Though not quite as horrible as Skipping Christmas, Playing for Pizza is a novel that probably would not have been published, were it not for its author s famous name.I am an avid football fan, and reading this novel with yet another week to go before the 2012 football season begins college and pro , I was able to tolerate the blow by blow descriptions of the football games and practicesu [...]

  20. We listened to this on an audio book from Tye I agreed with his view that it wasn t great writing, and, for Grisham, not even an intense legal story It s about a released NFL quarterback who gets picked up to play for a team in Parma, Italy Tye said Grisham probably went to his editor and offered to write a story there as an excuse to get to live in Italy for a while, and I would buy that supposition His story was weak but the descriptions of food were mouthwatering The parmesan cheese and parma [...]

  21. This is Eat, Pray, Love For Men TM I legitimately respect myself less for how much I enjoyed this book OK, self, the streak of mindless drivel books has to end here.

  22. A gentle little story of a failed quarterback moving to the Italian version of American football I found it quite interesting on the sports angle as someone who does not know much about that game Possible US sports fan readers might not agree The rest of the book is a little romance and a homage to Italy, which Grisham clearly loves Read it one sitting.

  23. I can t believe I m reading this book Why am I reading this book Where did it come from It s such a guy book It s in a stack of to reads at the side of the bed I need a quick read before reviewing great Expectations for the next book group I pick it up I read the first page Why Then my obstinate why not comes pouncing forward A book about football What I went to one Broncos game around 1973 Later would meet a bunch of stoned players back stage at various events I don t get it on or off field.Joh [...]

  24. I am a shameless fan of John Grisham I find his legal thrillers comforting, even though they follow the same formula everytime But, his non legal books have never quite held the same appeal for me Bleachers and The Painted House, for example So, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up but he s always a fast read, so I figured I d give it a shot Playing for Pizza is the story of a third string NFL quarterback He s spent his career bouncing from team to team, until he absolutely blows the AFC [...]

  25. To be honest, I was not planning on leaving a review I mean, seriously, this is John Grisham with almost three thousand reviews so who cares about my little grain of sand on an endless beach But then I read the reviews posted here on and decided to voice my own opinion I started reading John Grisham when I was a sopho in college and babysitting for my English Lit professors kids Needless to say, I devoured those novels like they were going out of style As much as I love the courtroom drama and t [...]

  26. Short review a nice travelogue play by play in the life of a washed up football player discovering the romance and life changing elixir that is Italy Long review I ve read, or attempted to read, many John Grisham novels since The Firm, including A Time to Kill, which I found riveting than The Firm, if not as quickly read But Playing for Pizza was reminiscent of The Firm in that, like an old friend, I d found the familiar easy prose that made me want to read The Firm in the first place While Pla [...]

  27. I liked the book, it is very funny and if you love football you will like this book Rick Dockery is a football player who s career is pretty much over He s a member of the Denver Broncos, and has been on practically every NFL team His last mistake was a third concussion during the Superbowl His manager Arnie is trying to gey him a job on another NFL team, people are sending him death threats and hate him Arnie finds a team in Parma, Italy that is desperate to have any Pro Football Player no matt [...]

  28. So I know nothing about American football But what compelled me was the synopsis And the book gave off a sign that the character might me an underdog and underappreciated Plus, I liked that in the end, he found himself and is happy with where he was.I didn t mind that this book was about football because this book was kind of fun and relaxed And I loved that it s set in Italy Sometimes, I just need a little change of atmosphere.

  29. I needed a book at the last minute, and this was a free read sitting near the exit as I was leaving for the day I like Grisham s writing, but wasn t in the mood for a legal book, so when I saw it was about football, that s all it took It only took me about 2 3 days to read this book I liked the main character, and the premise of the story I thought it ended too soon, so would look forward to a sequel.

  30. A light and humorous read and nothing like the other Grisham books I ve read Grisham does a good job of not getting too much into the details of football and only occasionally adds a little too much detail into Italian food He also does a good job of inserting light comedy throughout to make the characters likeable I never would have guessed that the guy who wrote all those legal thrillers also wrote this and was pleasantly surprised by the departure.