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Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? [Kindle Edition]

Jane Gottesman , Penny Marshall
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On playing fields and street corners, in backyards and gyms, the people in this arresting array of pictures are unselfconsciously exploring the physical and emotional pleasures of competition and play. Each image offers an affirming and satisfying answer to the question at the heart of Game Face: What do girls and women look like when freed from traditional feminine constraints, using their bodies in joyful and empowering ways?

To show America what women’s sports looks like, Jane Gottesman searched through the work of our country’s best photographers, from the newest photojournalists to artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams. The result is a unique and inspiring document of the tremendous impact that the growth of female sports at all levels is having on society—and on women themselves.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

A friend was looking for a great book for a young woman, to help ease her into adulthood. The usual fiction fare came to mind, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so on. Then I came across Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? and immediately decided this was the perfect choice for a preteen girl. In fact, it's a great addition to your mother's coffee table, your best friend's bookshelf, and your sister's "girls rule" collection.

Created and edited by Jane Gottesman, and including a foreword from Penny Marshall, this book takes you on a romp through women in sports from the 19th to the 21st century. The pictures capture superstar athletes like Serena Williams and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with small-town sports victors like the determined young "tomboy on a skateboard." The photographs range from showing the agony of defeat to the gritty triumph of victory on the faces of women from all around the world. It's a truly magnificent display of woman power on the field and court, in the ring and stadium, and beyond. Definitely recommended for all the "girlz" in your life. --E. Brooke Gilbert

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-This collection of black-and-white photographs features female athletes-amateurs and professional; team and individual standouts; stars of the past and present; portraits and snapshots; and young and old-engaged in various physical endeavors. The theme is variety and progress in women's sports. Each photo is accompanied by an identification of the sport, occasionally with a quote from the player depicted. Interspersed throughout are one- or two-page narratives. One is written by Kristi Yamaguchi's mother. Another is by an athlete who is herself a mother, Carla Overbeck, captain of the U.S. soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in 2001 and the Olympic gold medal in 1996. The book's jacket photo is of the now-famous Brandi Chastain after her winning World Cup penalty shot. The vivid and sometimes inspiring photos are to be noted for depicting more unusual sports for women, such as weight lifting, wrestling, and the discus throw. Just as appealing are spontaneous scenes from households or neighborhood settings showing individual games or informal pick-up activities. A foreword by Penny Marshall, film director of A League of Their Own, and the introduction stress the long way women's sports have come. Throughout the writings there is an emphasis on the freedom and progress that has been achieved since the passage of Title IX in 1972. Although the final segment, "Snapshots from Women's Sports History," begins in 1827, it is particularly interesting to follow the highlights from the past 30 years. A welcome and timely addition for sports' collections.

Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 29429 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to own and give to others! June 30, 2001
By A Customer
Gameface is a terrific, fun, and interesting book for people of all ages.
I am 39 and loved reading the essays, the history, and the photos of women in action. I was inspired!
Last night, when some family friends were over, people who are more "intellectuals" than "sports enthusiasts" -- they wouldn't leave because EVERYONE IN THEIR FAMILY -- AGES 12 TO 65 WANTED THEIR CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK!!
The 64 year old father, an amateur photographer, wanted to look at every page and commented on the vast array of excellently selected pictures.
The 65 year old mother said she was just beginning to go to a gym and liked the pictures of the women and girls, young and old.
Their 19 year old basketball playing daughter loved the book -- she was looking at the pictures, reading the essays, commenting on women, sports, asking questions, etc. Watching her, I was convinced that I would buy this book to give to people I know... for it really strikes a chord with people to see girls and women in a positive light, playing hard, looking like real people! (with wonderful quotes next to the pictures.)
And their 12 year old son, he wanted his turn too -- he thought the book was "cool" and talked about the girls on the teams he is on -- and how they are very serious!
I highly recommend this book to entire families -- and certainly women of my age who played sports in high school and today try to stay active. It is a terrific! (I hope to see the exhibit in Washington DC too -- or when it travels to my city)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Content; Great Art June 30, 2001
By A Customer
These amazing photos of women in action not only honor women who've broken barriers, they contribute to a new definition of "woman" and "girl." The book goes way beyond the ordinary -- it includes pictures of famous athletes and athletes we've never heard of, young stars and veteran competitors. The text adds terrific insight into what the subjects were thinking; my favorite was the story of a woman who went out for her high school football team and told her parents the day of the game that she wouldn't be sitting with them in the stands. I'm buying "Game Face" for every teenage girl - maybe every woman - I know!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book! July 8, 2001
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This book is amazing! I'm getting this book for every woman on my holiday list. Really fairly priced. The quality of the book is great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a girl February 5, 2002
This is a fabulous book for girls -- I have started getting it as a Bat Mitzvah present for nieces etc. who are into sports!
But it was also fascinating for myself as an adult to read through it. Their definition of "sports" is quite broad -- far beyond the usual basketball/soccer/etc. -- and the photos include women of all ages, races and body types. The essays by women athletes are also quite varied, offbeat and honest -- much more interesting than the typical magazine interview with star athletes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for school-age girls to see! November 19, 2001
By A Customer
I recently received a copy of Game Face as a gift and had a chance to read through it and take in the pictures. A great book for the coffee table so that others can see. What a powerful message for girls and women! The images are amazing and compelling. Get a copy for yourself and share it with someone special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Face : Great Gift January 2, 2002
By A Customer
I threw this into my sister's Christmas package at the last minute because she has been such a tough and inspiring female athlete her entire life. I thought she would like to share the book with her young daughters. I was not prepared for her excited response. I plan to send it to other female - AND male - athletes I admire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! January 21, 2002
I asked for this book for a holiday gift, and just loved it. Very inspiring, fabulous pictures that show women of all ages, colors, and body shapes. I loved the stories and the quotes that accompanied some of the pictures. Definately a great book to give as a gift - to someone else or yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows the true female athlete July 10, 2003
I saw the exhibit of the photographs in this book at the Smithsonian a year and a half ago and I was captivated. I knew immediately that I wanted this book. As an athlete myself, I know what all the stages of sports really are and I connected with the emotions expressed in the litte stories throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially developing female athletes, because it is inspirational and exhilarating!!
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Published 5 months ago by bonbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Inspirational Book
I first bought this book for a niece when it first came out about 10 years ago. This year I bought another for a younger niece. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. McGeorge
4.0 out of 5 stars gave as a gift
Good coffee table/picture book. Gave it to 8 and 10 year old nieces as a gift.
Published on December 9, 2009 by Marc R
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition as promised
All of the books that I ordered (18) at a time were delivered in great condition and in a timely manner. Amazon. Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by Alicia Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars This book fell apart!
The book may be all of the things everyone says, but my copy has completely fallen apart. We did not abuse this book in any way, pages simply started falling out of it. Read more
Published on August 25, 2007 by Lori M. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Face: What Does A Female Athlete Look Like?
Great book for all ages. A lot of the pictures don't need stories to accompany them, they speak for themselves. Read more
Published on September 6, 2002 by SupaSta
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Girl Go
For every woman who loves sports and the women who actively persue them this is a must book! Pictures and information are outstanding, informative and thought provoking. Read more
Published on June 17, 2002 by liz bailey
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