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“They came from a town that prized tofu, not toughness,” journalist Madeleine Blais writes of the Amherst Hurricanes, a high-school girls’ basketball team that—despite a bean-curd-squishy rep—rallied to win the 1992-93 Massachusetts state championship. In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle chronicles the Hurricanes’ efforts (and rightly de-emphasizes the patronizing “Lady Hurricanes” moniker). Excerpts from player Rita Powell’s journal, and accounts of the friction-turned-friendship between co-captains Jen Pariseau and Jamila Wideman (John Edgar’s kid), give Blais’ work a yearbooky school spirit; this strategy also lets the players, in their own words, acknowledge their joy in physical agility and cooperation. Blais reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Nathalie op de Beeck)