"A daughter’s tale of family and football"

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The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen is a memoir about growing up in the South, football, and the death of the patriarch from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It tells the story of a life in football from a daughter’s perspective. It provides an intimate look at one family’s rise through the ranks of competitive football—from player to high school, then college coaching; followed by coaching in the WFL, CFL, and NFL, and ultimately to Super Bowl champions. It also chronicles the family’s struggle to deal with and understand the decline of the father who was at the center of this lifestyle from CTE.

Told in a rich Southern voice, this is a story of one family’s love of a game and each other. It is a story of one man’s strength of character and the woman’s love that sustained him. It is a coming of age story of a strong-willed, independent young woman. It is a story that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Upcoming Signings:

Barnes&Noble Carolina place mall Pineville, Nc Thursday 1/10 @ 6-9pm

Barnes&Noble Forest Acres Columbia, SC. Saturday 1/26 @ 12-3pm

B&N New Hope Common Durham, NC Sunday, 2/3 @ 12-2pm

Malaprops bookstore, Ashville, NC tuesday 2/5 @ 6pm, reading and signing

Barnes & Noble 850 Inspiration drive Wilmington, NC @2 pm

Booksellers Savannah, Georgia 3/23 @ 1-3pm, reading and signing

Main Street Books signing tba

Sports Byline Interview with Ryan Burr, DATE TBA

HeadButler.com Review

“Why the candor? Because “The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen” is, at 197 pages, three books in one. The first is the football life of her father, Lamar Leachman. He looked like a god: “6’2” tall and built like a professional body builder from the waist up.” He starred at the University of Tennessee, played offense and defense in the Cotton Bowl, and was the last draft pick in the NFL draft in 1952. When his playing career ended, he became a coach, rising steadily until he was the defensive coach for the New York Giants in the year they won the Super Bowl. The second book is the family story, a warmly told account of growing up female in a male-dominated world: work, discipline, romance (remarkably candid accounts of youthful sex), career. And the third — the ultimate rationale of the book — is the price her father and his family paid for his life in football: Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). If you are the parent of a child who plays football, this section alone is the reason to read this book.” - Jesse Kornbluth

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Lori Leachman is a professor of economics at Duke University. She has been teaching economics at the university level for over thirty-five years. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 1987, from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to literature, Dr. Leachman wrote for and published in a variety of academic Journals. Lori also has a passion for painting when she is not working as a professor. Her paintings are sold here, and in galleries all over the US. She has been included in "Who's Who of America's Teachers". In 2003, Dr. Leachman was awarded the Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award fr teaching excellence. 



Paintings by Lori