Growing Up Female in a Football Family — Lori Leachman Shares the Game Plan Timelines: 1a: Upcoming Events, 2: Rustling the Leaves

Talking Leaves…Books
951 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Dates: August 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Football season is nearly full-on upon us. The sports pages and broadcasts overflow with stories about players, coaches, changes, hopes. What better time to present the author of a book about growing up as a daughter in a football family?

Lori Leachman’s memoir, The King of Halloween and the Firecracker Queen, tells her story of growing up female in a male-centered football family–her father Lamar was defensive line coach for the NY Giants during their Super Bowl years. As she says: “(my parents) built a life together on the foundation of competitive football that was both exhilarating and heartbreaking Football was my family’s salvation and destruction. It supported us. It set the pace of our daily lives. It opened doors for us. It provided us with community. Yet, it was the source of our family’s greatest sorrow. This is my story of a football life; a life that was totally male centric, completely focused on physical excellence and mental toughness, never routine, always preoccupied with winning, and continually idolized by those outside of the profession. It was a life characterized by its own particular rhythm and seasons, the seasons of football.” She also addresses the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neuro-degenerative disease that plagues many athletes and that felled her father.

Join us as Lori shares stories of a football life from both inside and outside the game. The event is free and open to the public; book purchase is encouraged as act of respect and support for the author and the store hosting her visit. Anyone wishing to have a book signed is expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves.


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 for teaching excellence. Her memoir, The King of Halloween and the Firecracker Queen, subject of her event at Talking Leaves, has been widely reviewed, and was awarded Literary Titan Silver Book Award for its complex characters and thought provoking themes.