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Alive and Kicking: When Soccer Moms Take the Field and Change Their Lives Forever Hardcover – August 28, 2001


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Araton, a columnist for the New York Times, had been writing about sports for nearly two decades and cheering his sons' various teams, but nothing prepared him for his wife's entry into the world of soccer at age 40. Beth Albert, a public relations executive, began playing soccer with other mothers in suburban Montclair, N.J. Almost from the first practice, she and her teammates were hooked. They juggled work schedules, found babysitters, started a league and made time for practice and competition. The women became as serious about soccer as any high school athletes. Araton chronicles the team's events, focusing more on the women and less on the games, behind which are the real stories struggles with family problems, including one player's ongoing battle with cancer. The sport brings the women together off the playing field as well as on. Any baby boomer who has pursued athletic or other extracurricular endeavors in middle age can identify with the achievements of these soccer moms. Agent, Shari Wenk.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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More social history than a sports story, this book relates the experiences of a group of women in northern New Jersey who formed an adult women's soccer league in 1998. These women, one of whom is married to the author, had missed out on organized sports as children, having grown up before the boom in girls' sports programs that began in the mid-1970s. After many busy years managing their children's participation in organized sports as well as watching their husbands and boyfriends play in adult sports leagues, these women welcomed the opportunity to get into the game themselves. Araton, a New York Times sports writer, examines the lives of a large number of actors in this real-life drama, detailing both their on-the-field experiences and their off-the-field stories of breast cancer, divorce, and other issues. While the story will appeal to audiences looking for a pleasant diversion and perhaps to soccer moms themselves Araton seems to see more profundity in it than is really there. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ., Camden, NJ
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (August 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684873907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684873909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,506,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mj on March 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Learning to play soccer at 30, 40, or 50 is nothing like learning to play tennis, ski, or snowboard at that age. This book captures the essence of the challenge, exhilaration, and camaraderie that adult women experience in taking on one of the most demanding sports. Soccer moms who have tried what these women have done will really empathize with this book. It also accurately depicts the group politics that arise when organizing a playing league of women who are new to team sports and expect fairness to be applied. "Alive and Kicking" is extremely well-written and is a highly enjoyable fast read. Circulate it amongst your teammates and significant others; they will all be delighted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By socjog on February 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is for all adult women who play soccer and then pass this book to your husbands , boyfriends or significant other its a must read !!! Harvey caught the essence of exactly how deprived I felt not being in competitve sports when I was younger . Now later in life I like Harvery's wife became an organizer of women in sports. I felt like Harvey was writing about me . It was truly enjoyable to see a man appreciate and understand his wife's new found interest and ENCOURAGING it . What a wonderful book. Im sure I will see Harvey's wife in our OTH (over the hill) divison one day. Keep kickin it up !!! I recieved this book from my wonderful husband :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2002
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Finally, somebody has taken seriously the phenomenon of women at play, and given this trend a cultural voice. Araton went to a great deal of reportorial trouble getting the story right, interviewing and chronicling the suburban mothers who have decided that sports can both empower and entertain. The characters come to life through both crisis resolution and athletic achievement. On and off the field, this book scores a hat-trick.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a novice soccer-playing mom, I can authoritatively recommend this book. Araton captures the essence of the soccer-mom playing movement: the pure joy - both physically and emotionally - that comes with playing a team sport for the first time. This book is more than soccer. It's the story of a great group of women who made a difference in their community.
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