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When Binnie Klein took up boxing in her midfifties, the reaction from friends and acquaintances was always the same: "You?" Why, after all, would a middle-aged Jewish psychotherapist with no previous history of athletics take up boxing? In Blows to the Head, Klein offers a provocative tale of an unlikely contender whose unexpected fascination with boxing takes her beyond the ring and leads her back to her roots and to a surprising chapter of the Jewish immigrant experience. With candor and wit, she reveals a series of memories and insights that would never have been possible if she hadn't been drawn toward a pair of boxing gloves during a physical therapy session. In a story that will captivate and inspire women and men, athletes and nonathletes, Klein shows us that if we turn over the "weird stones" on our path, the ones we usually ignore, we may find ourselves on an unexpected journey that will summon vitality back into our lives.
“Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed my Mind” is a delightful story chronicling Binnie Klein’s cathartic journey by way of boxing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Pugh
How many people have said: "I'm not a fan of boxing, but..." before commenting on this book? Well, add me to the list. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sheila Bonenberger
I've been interested in women in boxing for a long time, so I snapped up this book. The author's story is so relatable in that she's not a world-class athlete trained to boxing... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Book Reviewer 2009
While recuperating from surgery, I got to read Ms. Klein's wonderful book. I found it both inspiring and resonant. Her vulnerability, courage and commitment is evident throughout. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Anya D
I agree with the other 5-star reviews, and would only add the following. Klein has achieved something rare and wonderful: she has written a memoir in which she graciously... Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by BDF
A great memoir, really enjoyable read for a fellow baby boomer. Then! Klein comes from her big heart and knocks you out at the end. really sweet.Published on February 14, 2010 by Kristin D. Hale
I read the whole book in a day. It was mesmerizing, fascinating, funny, thoughtful and delightful. How interesting to read about Binnie Klein's realization that boxing provides a... Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Carol Charkow