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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cherokee McGhee (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979969476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979969478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer, filmmaker, and family man, Bill Torgerson teaches in the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John's University in Queens, New York. Bill also serves as the Director of Creative Writing for the Rhode Island International Film Festival during which he works with producers, directors, and filmmakers to help curate educational programming during the festival. He was an assistant coach for a 2002 North Carolina State Championship winning basketball team, and he divides his time between New York City where he teaches and Asheville, North Carolina where he lives up the hill from his parents with his wife Megan, two daughters, and Indy the dog.

"Torg" to many of his friends and students, Bill grew up the son of two English teachers in rural Winamac, Indiana obsessed with basketball and the films of John Hughes. Bill's first novel, Love on the Big Screen, is about a college freshman basketball player whose understanding of love is derived from 80's romantic comedies. Horseshoe is a Midwestern Gothic themed novel-in-stories inspired by the work of Flannery O'Connor and John Updike. It's set in a fictionalized version of Bill's hometown of Winamac. The Coach's Wife is Bill's latest novel and Pat Conroy calls it, "One of the best books about coaching and basketball I've ever read...with a love story so complicated and wonderful it will have book clubs talking about it for years."




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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Dugan on January 24, 2011
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Loved, loved, loved LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN. The story of Zuke, a student at a small Christian college, will make you laugh, think, and reminisce about the 80's and 90's through clever details and pop culture allusions.
There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness. Torgerson's prose is fresh, and the characters he created are true to life and very relatable, while at the same time interesting and often surprising. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is a page turing read that succeeds in creating a perfect balance of humor and thought provoking themes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HL on January 25, 2011
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This book is a must read for everyone who came of age in the 80's! You won't be able to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frequent Amazon Buyer on July 8, 2011
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I was initially drawn to reading this book after meeting the author in a writing workshop. As an alumni from the "real" Pison Nazarene College, I couldn't help but being drawn into the world of Zuke, Abby, and the rest of the characters. If you have never gone to college or stayed in a dorm, this book will make you want to have those experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ragamuffin on April 6, 2011
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First of all...I Loved the male club title given to the character Zuke and his fellow friends involved...
"Brothers in Pursuit" (Zuke, Cowboy, The Dini, Moon, and Flabby)...Young Men whom are in pursuit of God,
knowledge, compassion and women. Through out reading the book I tried to picture the young men I went to school with and pair them up with the characters I've mentioned above. A few came to mind and one I thought could be Zuke.(so, I chuckled through out reading and thought how fun it would be to send a copy to all and get reactions...if that doesn't happen, I will definately share with my male classmate buddies)

My experience:

I really enjoyed reminiscing my beloved decade of choice through this book and enjoyed reading of places mentioned that I know about and have visited by living close.(I've had a similar experience of a memoir novel I read not long ago set in Richmond IN)
So, placement of where the story takes place was Fun for me...

Reading about Zuke, who has unrealistic expectations about Love created through the 80's movies he loves, gave me an inside look into what it's like for a male to experience mid-west conservative Christian college life in the late 1980's...something I never thought about at all since College Life was never an option/or should I say, an option I wanted to pursue at that time in my life. Aww Zuke, the poor guy...I did feel bad for him in a sense.(I've been there...just in a different way. What woman doesn't experience The Cinderella Syndrome...if she's honest with herself anyway) Isn't that what Hollywood film/TV/even fiction novels can do to every normal mid-westerner??(of course, speaking personally...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on November 22, 2011
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Zuke believes he has a grasp on how love works, he has watched and studied just about every 80s movie flick out there. Zuke is a sophomore at a Nazarene college, on the basketball team--albeit a bench warmer, and English major. You would think as an English major he loves reading/writing...well no a beautiful girl named, Abby is an English major and so Zuke signed up for the same major in order to get to know her better--it's what Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything would do.

With his good friends, the Brothers in Pursuit, they seek God, Knowledge, compassion and most importantly women. Through the ups and downs of relationships, love and the intricacy of life Zuke learns everything he learned in the movies is nothing like real life.

I couldn't help but like Zuke. He was so much the everyman underdog character. In those great 80s movies growing up (yes yes I just aged myself) I always loved the Farmer Ted/Lloyd Dobler's of the movies. I couldn't help but feel like I was getting a rare glimpse into the male psyche, while reading Love on the Big Screen. This book would have sure helped when I was in high school!

All joking aside, I did enjoy reading Love on the Big Screen. For me, I thought it had a slow start, but the more I got to know Zuke and his friends the more I enjoyed it. Once Zuke, started waking up and realizing how love in the movies is very different than real life I liked him even more. More than anything I really enjoyed the ending. The ending was all about being real and not a `movie' type ending. The only real negative was a guy humor. Not really my thing, but that might be because I'm a girl. A definite lighthearted read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James L. Peters on May 8, 2011
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This book works on at least three levels. It works as a poignant look at what love really is and how the idealized love portrayed in movies (particularly rom-coms and 80's romance flicks) is vapid, unattainable, and not worthwhile of imitation. It works as entertaining nostalgia with many pop-culture references (well... references to what was pop-culture 30 years ago). Lastly is works as an example of a book that can straddle the lines between a fun read and literature. I found myself quickly engaged in the characters and story of the book, but throughout the journey I was impressed by the imagery and allusions. It's clear that the author carefully crafted the book. The literary elements don't get in the way of the story and the story is given greater depth and less "fluffiness" through the strategic placement of literary elements.

I'm a fan of sports, but not sports books. I'm a child of the '80s and a slave to pop-culture, but I'm not one for nostalgia. I love movies, but disliked most of the movies referenced in this book. I should have disliked this book for all the reasons that most of the other reviewers loved it. I didn't. I enjoyed the book immensely. For me, that's a testament to a well written and well crafted story. So, if you love the '80s, read this book. If you love basketball, read this book. If you love "Say Anything", read this book. If you hate all those things, you still owe it to yourself to read this book.
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