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Playing For Pizza: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | January 31, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Playing For Pizza: A Novel is rated 3.625 out of 5 by 8.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock—and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.5 × 4.16 × 0.72 in

Published: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532058

ISBN - 13: 9780345532053

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good, quick read. I don't watch football. I don't read Grisham novels nor do I watch the movies made of them. So, reading this book would seem out of character for me. I picked it up with trepidation. Curiously, I very much enjoyed the story of Rick "Reek" Dockery. It was far funnier than I would have thought. The characters seem stereotypical, but really they aren't. Not if you've been to Parma or watched even one of the football games. I was half expecting a crime boiler of some sort halfway through, but thankfully, it didn't happen. If you're looking for a standard Grisham novel, this isn't the one. If you want to read him in a different direction, then it's worth it.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Little Read I thoroughly enjoyed this whimsical little novel. I enjoy Grisham's departure from the court scene.......like "A Painted House" I am not a football fan, but the play is incidental to the ambiance Grisham creates about the Italian way of life. It is a travel log in many respects as it whets my appetite to return to Italy for more travel!
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from zzzzzzzz..... I'm a John Grisham fan, although this one honestly didn't keep me in want for more. I couldn't wait to finish it and I skimmed over most of the book, only reading essential dialogue. I felt as if I was reading someones diary or journal. Not that great. Although, I am looking forward to reading The Appeal very soon. Maybe that one will be more inspiring.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from You owe me a pizza! The fact that I finished this awful book is amazing in itself. I had this feeling Mr. Grisham was only fulfilling a contract obligation when he wrote this book. Since I bought your book, you can buy me a pizza! This was money well wasted.
Date published: 2008-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I just finished reading "Playing For Pizza" by John Grisham. It was well-written and very enjoyable, even for the non-football fan. It was much better that his previous football story "The Bleachers".
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read! As a fan of Grisham's usual style of novels as well as a football fan, I was hopeful this book would satisfy. It didn't get too technical with football jargon, but had just enough to be exciting when describing the games. I read this over the course of a weekend, and found it to be an easy, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A departure for Grisham In order to pursue his pro career, third-string quaterback Rick Dockery (recently fired by the Cleveland Browns) chooses to play with the Parma Panthers of the Italian Football League. In fact he has very little other choice as he is more or less ban from pro football in North America. Italy will be an eye-opener for him. This is a feel-good novel – something of a departure for Grisham. A sort of romantic comedy about american football Italy. An odd mix to say the least, and, surprisingly, one that works. It is light- and warmhearted, laced with sun, good food, and great sceneries. There is a romantic naiveté in almost each Grisham's main characters, and Dockery doesn't break that simple rule. As I said, this is an odd mix and it does make for an odd book, in the sense that I am not sure if readers of romance will love the football part of it and if football fans will love the romance part. I liked it tremendously (loving both football and Grisham). The story is fairly predictable and contains no real surprises whatsoever. There is a love interest, a bunch of warm and sympathetic characters, and one villain who will almost be won over by the end. Recommended light reading.
Date published: 2007-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy quick read While not quite up to the standards of John Grisham's legal novels, "Playing for Pizza" is a nice change. It was one I had been putting off reading after I purchased it, but when I started to read, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend reading it if you want something fast. And, it doesn't hurt that the Saskatchewan Roughriders are mentioned in the book.
Date published: 2007-11-28

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Playing For Pizza: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.5 × 4.16 × 0.72 in

Published: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532058

ISBN - 13: 9780345532053

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Chapter OneIt was a hospital bed, that much appeared certain, though certainty was coming and going. It was narrow and hard and there were shiny metal railings standing sentrylike along the sides, preventing escape. The sheets were plain and very white. Sanitary. The room was dark, but sunlight was trying to creep around the blinds covering the window.He closed his eyes again; even that was painful. Then he opened them, and for a long silent minute or so he managed to keep the lids apart and focus on his cloudy little world. He was lying on his back and pinned down by firmly tucked sheets. He noticed a tube dangling to his left, running down to his hand, then disappearing up somewhere behind him. There was a voice in the distance, out in the hallway. Then he made the mistake of trying to move, just a slight adjustment of the head, and it didn't work. Hot bolts of pain hit his skull and neck and he groaned loudly."Rick. Are you awake?"The voice was familiar, and quickly a face followed it. Arnie was breathing on him."Arnie?" he said with a weak, scratchy voice, then he swallowed."It's me, Rick, thank God you're awake."Arnie the agent, always there at the important moments."Where am I, Arnie?""You're in the hospital, Rick.""Got that. But why?""When did you wake up?" Arnie found a switch, and a light came on beside the bed."I don't know. A few minutes ago.""How do you feel?""Like someone crushed my skull.""Close. You're gonna be fine, trust me."Trust me, trust me. How many times
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock—and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

“Delightfully comic . . . a deeply satisfying story.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza.”—USA Today
 
“A light-hearted story of football, food and love.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Enthralling.”—People