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Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope, and Happiness at America's Most Famous Steps Paperback – November 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Dry Books; 1st Paul Dry Books Ed edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589880293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589880290
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Vitez has been a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for his series chronicling the lives of five people as they approached the end of life. He has taught writing and journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Tom Gralish has been at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1983, working as both an editor and photographer. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his photo essay on the homeless. Since 1998, he has published a weekly photo column in which he documents everyday life in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I grew up in Philadelphia and always knew that people ran up the art museum steps imitating Rocky Balboa. I saw people do it so often that I never thought much about how unique and surprising it really is. After hearing about Rocky Stories, I ordered a copy and am really impressed. The authors have compiled the most interesting personal stories from their year on the steps. The profiles are funny and moving, and the photos really capture the mood of the runners and the atmosphere on the steps. No matter what you think about the Rocky movies, it's cool that people still come to the steps and that the spirit of the movie still moves them. How many other movies, especially 30 year old ones, could you say that about? Overall a fun, quirky read about a curious phenomenon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Klein on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have always loved the Rocky Movies even though some people think they insult our intelligence. It is more than just a movie it is an inspiration and after reading this book it makes me proud to be a Philadelphian even though Philly gets a bad rap. I have ran up those steps many times and I think that Rocky has put Philly on the map in a good way. Something we need badly here. The photos are wonderful, so inspirational and the stories are so heartful. Read this book! You won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mimajeto on December 29, 2006
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You want to run up the Rocky steps, you know you do. In fact, if you've have ever had the chance, you probably already have. Nobody comes to Philadelphia without jogging to the top of the Art Museum steps, twirling around, and triumphantly pumping their fists in the air. If you've seen the movie, and ever been in Philly, you've climbed the steps. I'd bet a cheesesteak on it. If you haven't been fortunate enough to star in your own reenactment of this classic cinematic scene, this book is the next best thing. It's full of great stories and photographs of people fulfilling their dream of following in Rocky Balboa's footsteps, which, for each and every one of them, commemorates some unique goal, achievement, or special moment. It's a terrific book about humanity. Buy one for yourself and one for someone else - it's a great gift. Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Midgett on March 18, 2007
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Each story in the book is inspiring. Excellent writing and wonderful photography. Very enjoyable reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Ernst on March 8, 2007
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Love this clever book. If you love the Rocky film and the inspirational "pull yourself up by the book strings" ideals of the films then you're not alone - and this book proves it. Being a Philly native and a fellow alumni of LaSalle University this book and the stories it shares have a special place within me. Highly recommend it.
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