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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
“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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