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Daddy's Little Goalie: A Father, His Daughters, and Sports Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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It is a love letter of sorts, but without the syrup and sap. And the tears. What separates it from the well-worn genre of fathers and offspring bonding is gender.
--Philadelphia Inquirer

As much a meditation on fathering girls as it is on sports, Strauss puts neither girl on a pedestal; turning phrases about life in "a land of $25 T-shirts and $28 shorts" that  leave readers longing for overtime. --New Jersey Monthly

"Daddy's Little Goalie" breaks the mold...delightful, a breeze to read, and filled with the kind of love that will have you crying and laughing. --Buzz Bissinger, author of "Friday Night Lights" and "Three Nights in August"

He tells the bittersweet story of his girls' athletic exploits with style, sympathy and what you need when your kids hit the field -- a sense of humor. --Ben Yagoda, author of "Memoir: A History" and "About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made"

Strauss may have been the worst hockey player at Carleton College, but in "Daddy's Little Goalie" he proves he is a world-class father and storyteller. --Ray Didinger, member of the National Football Hall of Fame writers' wing

About the Author

Robert Strauss is the proud father of two daughters who play sports. He has been a staffer at "Sports Illustrated" and has written extensively for the "New York Times." He is an adjunct professor of writing in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania; he also managed to play, just barely, Division III freshman basketball and rugby at Carleton College. He lives with his wife, Susan, and daughters, Ella and Sylvia, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449402348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449402341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eugene E. Williams on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Robert Strauss is one of those natural born storytellers who can turn "hello" into an essay that is filled with funny anecdotes that will keep you laughing far after he's done. In this book about the trials and tribulations of watching his daughters -- Ella and Sylvia -- grow up and play sports, particularly basketball, the sport he loves most, Strauss is at his insightful, amusing and whimsical best.

As a sports writer for 19 years I can tell you that many "sports" books fail to connect with readers who can never really relate to the physical or mental abilities it takes to succeed at a high level. But this ain't one of those books. "Goalie" grabs at your heart right from the beginning and the stories Strauss tells about Ella, Sylvia, himself and his wife Sue are nothing if not poignant. If don't get a lump to your throat reading this book, you've never been the parent of a child playing sports, never reveled in their success, never felt the paranoia and anger and agony of watching them ride the bench, never dried their tears after a heartbreaking loss.

Get this book. Give it as a gift to your dad, or your uncle, or someone who has made a difference in your life. They'll love it and they'll love you all the more.
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This is a funny, tender memoir of a geek dad with two jock daughters.

Wonderfully written, very conversational, I can hear the author's voice in my head.

Book was on front table at Barnes & Noble. Picked it up in the aisle there and couldn't put it down. Felt compelled to buy it.

It really is hilarious and wise. Perfect read for summer weekends. Would make great gift for Father's Day.
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I got this book as a father's day present to myself. My six soon to be seven year old daughter is entering strange world of competitive soccer. So I was curious what insights this book might share as to what is in store for me. As the author points out this isn't a guide to how to turn your daughter into the next sports star. However what it does do is give you something to relate to, Many thoughts I have had often I see mentioned in the book. Most of them on the funny side, like the awkwardness around other parents when your child is doing well. You don't want to be the braggart "thats my girl" even if in your head that is what you are thinking, and instead start complementing all the other players. He also made me laugh out loud when going over the amount of forms youth soccer clubs make you fill out. I can remember filling out a postcard size form to play baseball as a kid. Not so with kids soccer, I had to fill a huge packet, so much so they even had a parent meeting just help everyone fill it all out correctly.
Besides the many funny moments there are just many touching moments as well, perhaps only a parent can relate to. The bond he has formed with his daughters through sports, but also the moment of sadness when he knows his oldest daughter's competitive sports career is coming to an end. Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, it has been a while I had read a book cover to cover in a day. Perhaps sometimes he might go on little too much about his daughters but you really can't blame a dad for doing that. The only thing I would have liked is he would have gone on more about is his daughter's college essay at the end. He touched on it a little about it, perhaps it was too personal to go into more detail.
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Strauss tells a wonderfully entertaining, funny and tender account of raising Ella and Sylvia that any sports enthusiast will appreciate. Any sons, daughters or parents with fond memories of youth sports will be moved and amused by Daddy's Little Goalie.
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