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Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees Hardcover – February 3, 2009

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In May and October 2007, Heller published two charming op-ed pieces in the New York Times: on whether it was possible to divorce your team and on falling back in love with it. This book was written in between while she followed the Yankees (whom she has loved since growing up in Westchester) for half a season. Her book, however, is not about baseball or the Yankees as much as it is about Heller herself. She reports on the highlights of every game but fits them in between recounting how hard it was to get hotel rooms, flights, and tickets and how she never did get press access. The awkward locution of the title is reflected in a lot of the language (calling weak players “pussies” and Papelbon, of the Boston Red Sox, “Pap Smear” kind of collapses her feminist credentials). Still, she speaks the truth when she notes that the old Yankee Stadium was ugly and uncomfortable but for its beautiful emerald field and distinctive facade, and while she is crying and screaming and carrying on, one can hear the faint heartbeat of a true fan. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

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“This is a Donna Quixote story about a cynical Yankee fan who spends a season traveling the country going to ball games and who in the end regains the joy, the magic, and the faith in her beloved team. Along the way, Yankee fans will fall in love with ‘the Yankees' number one fan,' Jane Heller.” ―Peter Golenbock, author of the New York Times bestsellers Dynasty and The Bronx Zoo

“A book for those of us men who thought women didn't get sports.… A delightful, insightful ride on the Yankee Clipper. ” ―James Burrows, Emmy Award–winning director of Cheers and Will & Grace

“Jane Heller knocks it out of the park with Confessions of a She-Fan. In 1978, I discovered the Yankees (mostly I discovered Ron Guidry). I was hooked and have been ever since. My 1-year-old daughter is already in pinstriped onesies. I can understand perfectly the passion of a fellow ‘she-fan.' ” ―Kit Golden, producer of the Academy Award–nominated Chocolat

Confessions of a She-Fan is a love story about baseball and a baseball story about love--one of the most unusual and delightful books about a true fan's connection to the game I've ever read. It's impossible to read without smiling out loud!” ―David Fisher, coauthor with Terry Bradshaw of the New York Times bestseller It's Only a Game

Confessions of a She-Fan is stream-of-consciousness from someone who's both a passionate Yankee fan and a terrific writer. It's laugh-out-loud funny and it also moves you to tears.” ―John Sterling

“Forget A-Rod. The one really suffering a "Single White Female" obsession with the Yankees is chick-lit author Jane Heller. She was so distraught with the losing ways of the 2007 Bombers, she vowed to "divorce the team on grounds of mental cruelty." Instead, she wound up following the Yanks on the road, husband by her side, trying to get insight into her fandom and fans in general. Now, as Heller finds herself competing on the bookshelves with her team's ex-manager, she gives us a couple of reasons why fans should select her book over his: 'I didn't hire someone to write my book for me' and 'Torre's book is deadly serious. Mine has jokes. In this economy, we fans need a laugh.” ―Billy Heller, New York Post

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594868980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594868986
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth Hendry VINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved Confessions of a She-Fan. Loved it. It is a funny, funny look at the life of a female Yankee fan, that I think most female Yankee fans will identify with. Jane Heller explains why she loves baseball in a few perfect paragraphs that I am tempted to copy and carry with me for reference when confronted with anyone, male or female, who claims that baseball is boring. Heller retraces the entire 2007 Yankee season, and some of the post-season antics of that year. A few weeks into the season, she decides to follow the team as a basis for the book. The ups and the downs are wittily recounted. I really, really enjoyed reading this book, but it is clearly not for everyone. Red Sox fans (or really, any Yankee-hater) most likely won't see the point of her Yankee obsession. Also, the language can be salty at times, so hold off on letting your 13 year old neice read it just yet. This book is a must read for all Yankee fans and anyone curious to see what it is about baseball that causes such devotion. Her recognition of She-Fans is refreshing in this world of mainly male-dominated baseball coverage. As a bonus, Ms. Heller keeps a blog, which is included at this Amazon site. It is terrific as well; perhaps a sequel is in the works? We can only hope so, and we can only hope that this book ends with the Yankees 27th ring.
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Excerpt of my July 16 review on[...]

Despite living in Santa Barbara, novelist Jane Heller is a die-hard Yankees fan. (She has NY roots, of course.) Heller normally focuses on "chick lit" books (Some Nerve, An Ex to Grind), but this is her first non-fiction book.

It all started when she wrote an hysterical essay in early summer 2007 in The New York Times, demanding a "divorce" from the Yankees -- that infuriated and delighted fans across the country. That lead to a book contract, and Heller and her husband Michael hit the road, with the goal of attending (almost) every game, talking to players, and writing about the 2007 season from a "she fan's" POV.

The result is an funny yet amazingly nuanced non-fiction book that reads like a juicy novel. After hunting for it all over NYC (Hey! Barnes & Noble - get your act together) I finally found a copy at the Wall Street Borders. I started reading it at the beginning of Monday's Home Run Derby, which proved no distraction, and didn't go to sleep until I had finished it.

I've always wondered why I care so very very much about games that I absolutely have no control over -- and that's a constant theme in Heller's book. (Yes, part of it is that the Yankees tend to end up in the playoffs despite al odds and I'm the world's most competitive person -- I once had my friends form a tenants' union against me when playing Monopoly).

My recessive sports gene did not kick in until I moved to New York in 1998, and became curious about why Joe Torre switched pitchers. Within a year I was drinking the Kool-Aid.
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I've been a fan of Ms. Heller's books for years...I think I've read about 8 or 9 of them...but as a huge Yankee fan, when I discovered that 'Confessions of She-Fan' existed, I immediately seeked it out and devoured it in 2 days!...I think it's my new favorite book...really! It made me laugh so many times as well as cry a few. Ms. Heller totally captured the Yankee fan experience. I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud and nodded in total agreement with so many things she said. She captures following 'her boys' around, not so much from a female perspective, but as one of a fan...and what it means to have faith. A really good read and highly recommended.
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Jane Heller's account of her year with the Yankees is an excellent read for ALL Bronx Bomber fans. Her writing is crisp and humorous as she navigates her way through American League cities--with no assistance from the team she loves. Just as persistently, her husband defies medical prognoses to accompany and support her. This is not the usual sports book with the usual rehashed statistics; rather it is a unique story of a unique journey, one many fans would wish they had the courage to take. Instead, you can take this trip with Ms. Heller in the comfort of your own living room. You will enjoy the ride!
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What a delightful book. It's written from a woman's POV, but that makes it even more unique, fascinating, and fun. Sure it helps to be a Yankee fan, or even a baseball fan, but only in that it makes you appreciate more of it more quickly. It's also a book about life, and the simple joys (and profound highs & lows) of being a devoted fan. The tidbits about the whole atmosphere of pro sports, the traveling circus, unexpected spiritual moments (seriously), and the random encounters with fellow fans, good and bad, even the security people,...well, it's an eye-opener. And having her husband there as the trusty sidekick adds yet another dimension -- sampling the cuisine at every ballpark? -- now that's important! Great timing, too, to have been there for what turned out to be the Yanks' last playoff run in The House That Ruth Built. Loved every bit of it; it reaffirms my own sometimes-shaky faith in the ballclub, the sport, and everything else. Wonderful stuff.
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