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Skiing the Edge: Humor, Humiliation, Holiness, and Heart [Kindle Edition]

Jules Older
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Book Description

The wildest true tales by the greatest ski and snowboard writers. Tales of jail, of humiliation, of skiing through gunfire, snowboarding through pain, getting crushed by avalanche, threatened by authorities, and nearly killing a couple of high-roller ski students from Hong Kong.

Here's how it started... On October 19, an email arrived from a ski writer/ski buddy who had managed to get himself remanded into a seriously uncomfortable night in the drunk tank in lovely Whistler, British Columbia.

His emailed confession was the embodiment of humiliation. It was also the embodiment of my favorite kind of ski writing — personal, quirky, compelling. I thought, I would kill to publish this thing.

That’s when the light bulb lit. I can publish this thing, and a lot of other things I love to read. I’ll create an eBook. A ski eBook.
That day, I contacted North America’s best ski writers. Here's what I told them:

" I'm finding the central, unifying theme hard to describe, but it’s a lot like Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s description of pornography: 'I know it when I see it.' Stories have to be personal. Have to be revealing. Can be embarrassing. And must be brilliantly written. The key word is intense: intensely funny, tragic, exciting — intense.

The writers exceeded my fondest dreams. Get ready for a wild, uproarious, heart-wrenching, consciousness-expanding, utterly brilliant ride.

Jules Older in a tweet...
Jules Older Ph.D.—psychologist >medical educator >writer >editor >app creator>videographer>epublisher. Big awards, big adventures, big fun.

Product Details

  • File Size: 201 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 9780984858002; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and crisp and even January 7, 2012
By Buzz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have skied irregularly (and mostly badly) over many years. In that time, I thought I had experienced almost every humiliation possible (including staying on the lift too long until it was heading back down again, and having to be rescued off the lift when a storm blew in--after 40 minutes up there). But no, as Dustin Hoffman said in that great movie, Wag the Dog was it?, "This is nothing!"
These stories remind me that skiers are a breed apart--well apart from me, anyway. Spend the $3.39, get into bed, just you and your Kindle, and then you can forget the travel, the expensive gear, the freezing cold, and the occasional spasms of fear. The bargain of the year, surely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy and entertaining December 15, 2011
By Tom
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I was an avid skier once, but I haven't gone skiing in about 30 years. When a friend recommended this book, I picked up the Kindle edition and once I started in I couldn't put it down. It's thoroughly enjoyable, and the many contributors who made it work are to be commended. It brought back my appreciation for skiing and winter sports in general. Skiers and those in the winter sports industry will find this a worthwhile library edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic writing, great stories! December 8, 2011
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This is a great book for skiers, boarders, or just plain people who read! The writing is excellent; the tales are compelling; and Jules Older has done a great job putting this compilation together. Buy it now! You won't put it down until you've read the whole book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read even if you don't ski! December 6, 2011
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For all you EBooker's, whether you ski or not, this is a wonderful compilation of personal, often hysterical tales told by some of the world's best ski writers. Some very, very funny stories and universal insights on men, women, sport, and life in general. And yes, I DO want to "Ski Like a Man" but I fear that ain't happenin' in this lifetime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What goes on in the heart (and mind?) of a skier? December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a guidebook on where to ski, this isn't it. Only one of the stories contained has specifics on a particular ski destination, and trust me - you wouldn't want to ski there. You'll crack up reading about it, though - and at the same time, marvel at what it is about the sport that makes skiers so crazy that they'll put up with a place like that.

Skiing the Edge helps answer that question. The writers in this collection are many of the same writers you've read for years in publications like SKI, Skiing and Powder, but with a difference. Freed of the need to puff up this resort or that piece of gear, Skiing the Edge gives these guys license to discuss aspects of the sport that rarely, if ever, get published - from the harrowing to the hilarious.

Good bedside reading, to boot; most stories are in the 450-900 word range, giving a nice little distraction before shutting down for the night and dreaming of snow.
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My life in a tweet...
Jules Older PhD: psychologist > medical educator > writer > editor > app creator > videographer > ePublisher. Big awards, adventures, fun.

My life in an atlas...
Baltimore > Vermont > New York > New Zealand > Vermont again > San Francisco

My life in a CV...
sub-assistant sign screener > ditch diver > child-care worker > clinical psychologist > medical educator > broadcaster > TV villain > writer > author > teacher of writing > editor > videographer > app creator > e-publisher > blogger

My life in a family...
one wife > twin daughters > three grandsons

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