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Daddy's Little Goalie: A Father, His Daughters, and Sports Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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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
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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.
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.
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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Bought this for a friend, and then read it myself although I'm not really the audience. And I still managed to get something out of it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C.J.
Very nice and hits the sweet spot for all dad's who coach their girls.Published 16 months ago by michael herlihy