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Hope Solo
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Book Description

The Glass Castle meets A League of Their Own in Solo, a candid and moving memoir about family, loss, and reconciliation from Hope Solo, the supremely talented, headline-making goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

During the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Solo became an idol, role model, and sex symbol to a new generation of young American sports enthusiasts, inspiring the kind of intense devotion not seen since the days of Mia Hamm.

An Olympic gold medalist and arguably America’s sexiest athlete, Hope has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (twice), in ESPN: The Magazine, and as a contestant on the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars, and her poignant, compelling, and profoundly inspiring personal history will score big with her legion of fans.

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"My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."

Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC's Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an All-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the U.S. national team. He was living in the woods.

Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father's last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her. For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode, and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life.

Moving, sometimes shocking, Solo is a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo whom few have ever glimpsed.

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About the Author

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000 and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ann Killion is a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. She has covered the past ten Olympics and the last three Women's World Cups for and the San Jose Mercury News.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BCG9N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Phony About Hope Solo August 15, 2012
I am generally anti-celebrity and adverse to hype. But I eagerly went to Amazon to order this memoir. Hope Solo is awesomely talented and incredibly beautiful but she also has flaws and scars, which she readily stands up to and then confronts the fall-out. Yes, she is out-spoken and controversial, as she displayed in London during the Olympics. But she backed it all up with her goal-tending and her honestly. In a world of phonies, Hope Solo is no phony. I just ordered another copy of her book to give to a friend that criticized her during the Olympic coverage. I'm 72-years-old and Hope Solo is my hero, or heroine. Americans should be proud of her, not critical of her.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Look at Our Women's Soccer Heroes August 14, 2012
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It's rare to get insight into the dynamics of a team that failed as spectacularly as the 2007 U.S. Women's World Cup team. It's even rarer to learn how a program rights itself like the U.S. did in winning the 2008 Olympic gold medal and beyond. Such dramatic turnarounds don't happen often, and even less often do we get the inside story that Hope Solo tells here. The honest details behind Solo's relationships with her coaches and teammates during this turnaround are the most rewarding part of her autobiography. While I was touched reading about Solo's difficult relationship with her father in her own words, Solo told much of this story to the press already. Solo reveals a lot about her personal life, and many women in their 20s will relate to her boy troubles. I was personally interested in her struggles as an introvert. But what makes Solo unique is her experiences as a lightning rod during a tumultuous transition period between generations of the U.S. women's national team.

The members of the 1999 Women's World Cup have been deservedly lionized by the American media for what they did to grow women's sports in America, but the media has too often failed to recognize that the '99 athletes are human beings, not goddesses. Solo exposes the flaws of the '99ers for all to see. She gives appropriate respect for the '99 team's accomplishments, while also explaining how these veterans later abuse their privilege. The veterans on the 2007 team enable coach Greg Ryan to make the fatal and foolish decision to bench Solo in the World Cup semifinals against Brazil in favor of '99 veteran Briana Scurry, despite Solo having been the starter throughout the World Cup to that point.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Story from Adversity to Legend August 15, 2012
There is much to be said about this outspoken goal keeper for the US Women's National Team. Some people will describe her as selfish, some as too outgoing. People say she needs to keep her comments to herself. To me, she is an amazing goal keeper who says the things many people think, but are too afraid to say, and doesn't care what the media says about her. Why should she? She is an Olympic gold medalist - more than once, and the greatest goal keeper in the world. In her autobiography, you, as the reader, gain an insight into what made Hope into the person she is today.
When you think of star athletes, you think of fame, fortune maybe, and having a life where everyone looks up to you. For Hope, the story did not go that way. She has had to face much adversity to get to the place she is today.
Her books takes you through stories about her personal family life, some of which could be really hard to share with people. Especially knowing the media hasn't always been on your side - there will always be critics. The stories are filled with emotion, and gives you a pretty good insight into the type of person she is, which does not include selfish.
There aren't many good ways to critique an autobiography, you can't judge the story, because it is all real. But, the writing in this book was full of intelligence and class. Hope has faced many issues with her team and with the media, she explains how every one of those events came about. She may not apologize for everything she says, which she shouldn't, but she gives her perspective on the situations and makes you realize that the media does, in fact, blow things up in order to get a good story.
It will have you crying one minute, then laughing the next. I guarantee, if you ever had a negative opinion about Hope, your mind will instantly be changed after reading this emotion-filled memoir.
5/5 stars. Beautifully written, and had me hooked from the very first page.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir Remarkable for it's Honesty August 16, 2012
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Soon after her father suddenly passed away, an emotionally fragile Hope Solo started writing letters to him. In one, she wrote, "Tomorrow I'll tell your story, Dad. I will tell it loud and proud and people all around the world will know my dad."

In many ways, this book, 'A Memoir of Hope,' is a tribute to her late father, whom she knew as Gerry Solo, a man with a mysterious past, who floated in and out of her life. At times when he was homeless, Hope would visit him in the woods. Late in his life he was falsely accused of murder, yet his doting daughter, whom he lovingly called his 'Baby Hope,' never fell out of love with him. Through all the struggles, through all the games, Hope's father was her biggest supporter 'who taught me to never give up.'

You'll learn in this memoir that the world's greatest goalkeeper did not have a fairy tale upbringing, or charmed life. That the path to the women's soccer World Cup and an Olympic Medal is not paved with gold, or even nice people.

At a young age, she discovered playing soccer was the perfect outlet, a sanctuary from family troubles, and she excelled at it. Hope writes about her journey, from Richland, Washington, where she was born, through the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, where the U.S. team lost 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out. Yet Hope won the 'Golden Glove' for best goalkeeper and 'Bronze Ball' award for overall performer.

Like most professional sports, there's the backstabbing and politics, and Hope spares no one in her frank account of maltreatment behind the scenes. There once was rivalry between veterans in the women's soccer team and the fresh talent, like Hope.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
This was a good book about a small town girl who made it big with her athletic abilities. She goes in depth about her trials and tribulations during her time in the US National... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Jerry
2.0 out of 5 stars What to say about Hope Solo?
Reading this book, I had the disadvantage or advantage of having Hope Solo’s recent troubles in my mind. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Griswold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Made for an interesting read
Great book. Made for an interesting read.
Published 2 months ago by Authorgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good look at the inside story of one of our top USA soccer stars.
Published 2 months ago by dianeos
4.0 out of 5 stars She loved it.
Gift for my grand daugther. She loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have a new respect for Hope, even more than I did before. The best read in a while. I recommend to all soccer fans!
Published 5 months ago by Awesome
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting life and success through sacrifice and a little luck. Teaches us that goals can be accomplished.
Published 6 months ago by Kay
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the people who are the heroes of all their own stories...
As with most autobiographies of a famous subject, there are several pros and cons.

The book, penned around the time that Hope Solo was just becoming a household name,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Never understood what Having Hope was,,,,,,Till Now,,An Angel that...
Women's USA Soccor Team are an unbelievably Strong Team of athletes that have dominated through good times and tough occurances. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story. I learned a lot about a sport I never played and knew...
I recommend this for anyone-- guys or gals. I'm 65 and enjoyed every word. Now I'll have greater appreciation for
soccer when I see games on TV.
Published 7 months ago by kathy e wheale
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One of the most charismatic athletes in America, Hope Solo is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world, An Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000, and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated (twice) and ESPN: The Magazine. At the 2011 World Cup, FIFA awarded her the Adidas Golden Glove as the tournament's top goalkeeper. A prominent spokesperson for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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