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Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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Eagle's Landing Book Club
Thursday, March 21st
6:30pm
Dinner may be ordered from the menu.
Please call for your reservation: 770-389-2000

“Must Win” by Atlanta resident Drew Jubera is March’s selection, and he’ll be with us to discuss the book at 7 p.m. From Amazon.com - Nestled amid cotton, pine and swamps, the Deep South outpost of Valdosta, Georgia has long drawn pilgrims from across the country to the home of the winningest high school football team in America. Christened by national media “Title Town, USA,” Valdosta has thrived on the continuity of dominance: sons still play in front of fathers and grandfathers, creased men in pickups still offer steak dinners as reward for gridiron glory, and Friday nights in the 11,000 seat stadium known as Death Valley still hold a central role in the town’s social fabric.
Now that place is in peril. As much as Valdosta is a romantic symbol of traditional American values, things are changing here just as they are in small towns everywhere. In Must Win, author Drew Jubera goes inside the country’s most famous football team to chronicle its dramatic 2010 season, a quest by a program that’s down but not out to regain past glory for both the team and the town it represents. This town, this school and these people have been rocked by forces that have hit the entire country, but they’re a long way from giving up. They still believe in the power of a game to overcome all.
With a new coach, a new optimism, and a kaleidoscopic cast that includes an aspiring rapper, a bee keeper’s son, the best athlete in the state, and heir to a pro legacy cut short by a crack dealer’s bullet, these Wildcats have been given one more chance. Must Win is the American story written across a bright, green playing field.
Mr. Jubera is a five time Pulitzer-nominated journalist and has been a staff writer for Texas Monthly, The Washingtonian, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was the national correspondent for nearly a decade. His pieces have appeared in The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and Esquire.