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Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph Paperback – March 3, 2009
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Stringer's adult life combined professional triumph with personal tragedy. One child remains paralyzed from misdiagnosed spinal meningitis...and speechless from complications when the doctors refused to listen to Vivian's pleas: "I know there's something wrong. Please take another MRI."
Later her husband died at 47 and Stringer herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. She leaned heavily on family to survive these crises with dignity and strength.
As a basketball fan, I especially liked the sections on teams, games and championships. And I would like to have seen more. The most moving scene comes when Stringer describes a New Year's Eve practice when a lackluster team was inspired by Cappie Pondexter, Tammy Sutton Brown and a handful of Coach Stringer's former players. These players had just a few days off for the holidays, yet they came to Rutgers to help their coach and talk to this team from their perspective of "been there." And the team went on to get past the Final Four -- almost all the way to an NCAAW championship.
Ultimately, I welcomed the opportunity to get to know more about Vivian Stringer. I've seen her standing tall at Rutgers games, wearing red, unflappable, and yes, every inch the tough coach in a feminine designer suit with good jewelry.
No book will ever reveal what a person is like and if you've ever heard her speak, you know that Coach Stringer has poetry in her that barely peaks through in the book. Her reaction to the recent Tennessee clock debacle included, "I seem to have an eraser after my name..."
The perpetual struggle that she is involved in as she coaches and deals with her other challenges and the effect that she has on others is what she is and she is a treasure.
As I finish Standing Tall, I hold back the tears swelling up in my soul. But tears are a sign of strength. Thank you, Vivian, for taking the time out of your extremely busy life to collaborate with Laura Tucker and Crown Publishers on this wonderful book. I hope America reads it, lays our souls next to your huge heart and learn what it takes to stand tall and prosper through tragedy and triumph.
I look forward to sharing this book with my loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A legend in the game.......her concern and compassion for her players and the lessons she imparts are those that should be learned by the new coaches coming up. Thank you, C. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carol A Johnson
Unfortunately I lost this book and never replaced it. I enjoyed reading the first chapter. Vivian is a very strong lady and I wanted to read her story. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Marilyn J. Grutman
This book is very entertaining. I read it in three days. This is a great account of a very humble, hard working lady who has endured personal challenges and enjoyed immense... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by hooper5
Wow!!!! She is an example of triumph from tragedy! What a great story, and what a great example she sets for us all when we are faced with difficulties: Stand Tall and LOVE! Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by lolooz