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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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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On one hand, I enjoyed this book because I am a baseball fan, but on the other... I don't like Jane. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
In 2007, author and diehard Yankees fan Jane Heller was so fed up with her team that she wrote an article for the New York Times indicating her intent to "divorce" the Yankees. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by lindapanzo
Very easy read. Holds your attention...especially if you're Yankee fan. Tons of inside information about people in the front office. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Keith Wease
Although I am not a Yankees fan, I really enjoyed this book. It almost seems as if you are sitting in the seats as Jane Heller describes her seating location and the weather at... Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Thomas Zocco
I love reading this book - I literally laugh out loud in a lot of places...Published on October 14, 2009 by S. Wright
Without a doubt, Jane's a yankee fan. If you don't take my word for it, check out her website for her blog. The proof's in the pudding there. Read morePublished on April 30, 2009 by K. Driscoll
Having been a lifelong Yankee fan I love the observations and stories in this book. I lived on Martha's Vineyard for 4 years - try being a Yankee fan there! Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Sharon Duran
A self indulgent diary of the author's quest to follow her beloved Yanks for the 2007 season. Do we really need all the information she provides about the hundreds of details... Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Joseph C. Sweeney