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All the Sundays Yet to Come: A Skater's Journey Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 31, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0316099015
  • ASIN: B000FILMAO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,088,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this no-holds-barred memoir, Bertine tells how she set her heart on making it to the top in the skating world, was accepted into the Ice Capades in the late 1990s and lost her dream when the company folded just as she was about to join. Determined to be a professional skater at any cost, she joined lesser ice shows, first Holiday on Ice, where she performed in Europe dressed in animal costumes, and then Hollywood on Ice, where she traveled to remote South American villages in a circus-style caravan, sleeping in shabby hotels and changing costumes in a crowded, smelly trailer. Even more demoralizing, the skaters in this show were subjected to Sunday weigh-ins, for skinniness was the goal, and she was deemed overweight because of the muscular body she had worked hard to develop. Obsessed with becoming thin, she starved herself until she became physically and mentally ill. Finally, after realizing that she had a serious problem, she made elaborate plans to escape, until the show downsized, releasing her. She returned home, regained her health, became a triathlete and now pursues that sport as ardently as skating. Bertine recounts all this in straightforward and often amusing prose, condemning people and venues that have disappointed her: her mother, who apparently wanted a glamour girl, not an athlete, for a daughter; her wealthy hometown of Bronxville, N.Y.; and the ice shows. She also presents a harrowing description of the levels of degradation to which she sank because of the eating disorder. Her book should serve as a cautionary tale for ambitious young people who hope to make it to the top in the sports world.
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Review

"...hits a literary triple lutz...insightful, honest, and best of all, irreverent...." -- Larry Colton, author

"Bertine...illuminates with vivid detail the glossy but eccentric corners of the professional figure skating business..." -- Kirk Johnson, author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Kathryn is an amazing writer and great story teller.
A. Furton
All the Sundays Yet to Come is a triumph of the human spirit through a female athlete's realization that muscles and strength are indeed beautiful.
Brian F.
Her writing is mixed charmingly with a unique humor as she pokes fun at herself as well as life, keeping the story from becoming too dark.
Lisa I. Hlavacek

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keila on September 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to say that I loved this book. Kate is an awesome person and a great coach (I know first-hand, she coached me when I was really young!). Not only is she great on the ice, but she proves her self as a valid author through her book. This book very accurately portrays how the life of a skater is. People think that anorexia is for the weak-minded, but in reality it can strike anyone. Athletes are not weak-minded at all. The book does a good job showing the pressures of sport and family and the toll these pressures can take on one's mind and body. It's a great book to read, even if you dont know much about figure skating!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hannah P. Pearce on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book really engrossed me. I don't know the first thing about skating, and I'm a mediocre runner at best, but I'm an avid armchair traveller, and I loved hearing about what the author went through. It was a nice structure for the book to see her grow up and go from young skater to disillusioned older skater to fulfilled triathelete. Good job! Can't wait to read the next one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not normally a fan of memoirs of difficult childhoods, wherein authors scan their lives to find external causes for the difficulties they've faced. And what the heck does a twentysomething have to fill a memoir anyway? Even with all that, I found this book to be well worth buying and reading.
This book has very funny and very powerful writing in it, sometimes simultaneously. She is a good story-teller, and the book was very hard to put down. Most importantly, Bertine does a great job, in my opinion, of balancing on the thin line between thoughtful analysis of her life and the people in it and self-indulgent blaming.
At several points throughout the book, just when I was sure the author was going to spiral into the self-indulgent, and that I was going to have to put the book down with a groan, Bertine turned on herself, pointedly describing her own shortcomings and their source within her own self, making me realize that this book was not written about her family, or her home town, or "the seamy underbelly of the figure skating world", but is, in fact, Bertine's story of how she got to know herself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SkateBabe87 on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I began skating at the age of nine. It was then that I was introduced to a different world. Aside from the sparkle and glitter of competition, there is intense training. I have been a skater for almost a decade now, and as I begin my search for colleges and look towards the future, "All the Sunday's Yet to Come" is becoming a larger part of my life. When I first read the book I thought "Wow this book really captures our world." However, upon a 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th reading, I have come to truly appreciate Kathryn's work. I have quoted this novel in many college essays in hopes of convaying what skating means to me. I think Kathryn says it best in her novel: "Figure skating was my escape, the physical and psychologial place I could go when I needed the embrace of acceptance and the comfort of something larger" I have been lucky to find a skating, my niche in the athletic field. But I have been even more lucky to have found this book. A truly inspiring story, that uses the honesty of a skater and the beauty of language to help open our world to outsiders. Unless you have lived it, it is hard to express what an open sheet of ice represents. An unofficial contract is signed between a skater and the ice; we give ourselves wholly and unconditionally to the ice, and in return, it will turn us into the best skaters and people we can possibly become. It is there for the memories of maturing skater, sharing them like a silent sister. Kathryn's novel gives a voice to our sister, through her describtion of a skater's passion and dedication. Her book is by far one of my most treasured posessions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Herrmann on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I heard of this book called All the Sundays Yet to Come written by a figure skater about her skating experiences. From what little I heard, I assumed a middle-aged skater wrote about her experiences as an adult skater. Quite the contrary. This eye-opening memoir accurately depicts life as a figure skater right down to the snot flying out of the nose. Yet that is only where Kathryn Bertine's story begins. Humor and honesty just begin to describe the details Kathryn shares of her life--not just the figure skating-related parts, but also her figure skating dream that not only unraveled, but was turned inside out. She shares challenges faced by many, as well as personal struggles that are often left untold. All the Sundays Yet to Come is not just another figure skating book, but rather a story filled with life lessons and a journey--what a little girl wanted to be, to the woman she became as a result of her life experiences. It takes guts to write with such honesty and that makes her story all the more interesting. There is something for everyone in this book and I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Gordon on November 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I discovered Kathryn Bertine's writing in 2007 when she began writing for ESPN about her attempts to make it to the Olympics. I found her writing both funny and well done, and kept coming back on an almost daily trip to check to see what else was going on. Fast forward a year, and I finally ordered her book, and I feel it gives a deep glimpse into the personality of the writer those familar with the ESPN work ought to know. The desire to make the Olympics harkens back to her desire not to quit in her dreams of skating professionally.

Now, as a male who is not a skating fan, I was skeptical that I would enjoy this book. I was drawn to her work originally because I love cycling, and she spoke of that with excellent skill. But Bertine makes the sport simple to understand, and doesn't get stuck on the details. I found her relationship with both parents to be excellent, and her descriptions of her body image to be tragic.

All in all, this book is an amazing coming of age tale, and I would recommend it to anyone who has body image issues, any athlete (especially ladies), and to all those who might have had a difficult childhood or have undergone a difficult period in their own life in which they felt alone.

An excellent book, and well worth the time!
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