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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Review: Balls by Nanci Kincaid

A fellow coach's wife recommended this book to me after learning we had taken our first job coaching college football in the south.  It took me about a year to get a hold of a copy, but I am really glad I did.

This fiction book is set in the south of Alabama, a very football loving state.  It is the story of Dixie who falls in love with and marries a football player.  As many players do, her husband Mac becomes a football coach.  The story journals the career of Mac Gibbs from the perspective of his wife Dixie, other coaches, parents of players and many other on lookers.

I found this book to be very interesting.  Along with giving a good look into the struggles and daily lives of a football family, it is written at a time when racial tensions were high and football was a place where that was played out.  The years of high school vs college coaching, recruiting, staff dynamic and children of coaches are all touched on.

I found myself at times identifying with the different coach's wives who all take parts sharing in the story line.  This unique writing style of allowing the reader to be spoken to by many different characters gives you a well rounded insight into the different scenarios presented.

If you are looking for an interesting story this is a great one!

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