The Last Season by Stuart  Stevens audiobook

The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football

By Stuart Stevens
Read by Dan John Miller

5.58 Hours 09/15/2015 Unabridged
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Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native Mississippi to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels. In the fall of 2012, after working on a presidential campaign that suffered a devastating loss, Stuart Stevens, having turned sixty, realized that he and his ninety-five-year-old father had spent little time together for decades. His solution: a season of attending Ole Miss football games together, as they’d done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood—and to make sense of the troubled South of the time. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond. Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, The Last Season is a powerful story of parents and children and the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize  Longlist Selection

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for Biographies and Memoirs

Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native Mississippi to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels.

In the fall of 2012, after working on a presidential campaign that suffered a devastating loss, Stuart Stevens, having turned sixty, realized that he and his ninety-five-year-old father had spent little time together for decades. His solution: a season of attending Ole Miss football games together, as they’d done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood—and to make sense of the troubled South of the time. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond. Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, The Last Season is a powerful story of parents and children and the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s Ole Miss, it’s nuts, it’s outrageous, it’s got depth and emotion, and it’s one of the best father-son books I’ve read in years. ‘Hotty Toddy’ is the only phrase you need to know to love this book.” Pat Conroy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of South of Broad
“Through the lens of college football, Stuart Stevens has produced a poignant tale of fathers, sons, race, and growing up in the South during the late 1960s. Besides being a delightful read, it is a reminder of the joy of relishing what is meaningful in life.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs
The Last Season is a touching, beautifully written story about the love between a son and his father, and their special lifetime bond formed around ‘Ole Miss’ football. Anyone, man or woman, who does not understand the seemingly insane, intense loyalty and devotion of the college-football fan for his team, win or lose, should read this book. We soon find out it’s not just about football; it’s about all the good things in life. And just like all good things, I did not want it to end.” Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
“Phineas is quick as a whip and full of one-liners, and he takes center billing with his son playing the straight man. As for the ghosts of the past—including the Civil Rights movement, racism, segregation—Stevens combines his memories of boyhood with his sixty years of knowledge to show how far America has come and how far we still need to go. Throughout, Stevens captures the spirit of college athletics, and ties it into his foundation of fun and family.” Publishers Weekly
“As Stevens and his father reinvigorate their relationship through the traditions of college football, they note how significant a unifying role the game played in reversing the segregated racial environment in the region to one where fans of all races cheer on multiracial teams representing fully integrated universities. Lyrically written and poignant, this book speaks to football fans and observers of cultural change in America.” Library Journal
“A meditative memoir of a son, sixty, and father, ninety-five, bonding over college football…An elliptical, evocative narrative…An affecting tale showing that you can go back home again.” Kirkus Reviews
The Last Season is an instant classic. This is an absolute gift to sports fans. I don’t remember when I have enjoyed a book more than this one. This is a special book, one people will share with their children and grandchildren. This book is truly one for the ages.” Paul Finebaum, sports author and radio personality

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 9/13/2017
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A memoir worth remembering.

As memoirs go, few would choose to memorialize their past through a father/son hookup to attend all the football games of their alma mater, Ole Miss, especially when the father is 95. But attend they do, and we are entertained and moved by the 60 plus years that have represented the son’s growing up, much of it through his football camaraderie with his father. Mr. Stevens has seamlessly knitted the past with the present joys of sitting in a stadium with the obligatory hotdog and drink while witnessing their beloved team play for the gold. A listener doesn’t have to love football to thoroughly enjoy this book, for the thrust of its premise is how a father and son relationship can keep growing even into both their senior years. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and light listening experience that will put smiles on your face. – Odin Roark

Author

Author Bio: Stuart Stevens

Author Bio: Stuart  Stevens

Stuart Stevens is the author of six previous books, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications. He has written extensively for television shows, including Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief, and K Street. For twenty-five years, he was the lead strategist and media consultant for some of the nation’s toughest political campaigns. He attended Colorado College; Pembroke College, Oxford; Middlebury College; and UCLA film school. He is a former fellow of the American Film Institute.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English