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Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? Paperback – May 13, 2003
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A friend was looking for a great book for a young woman, to help ease her into adulthood. The usual fiction fare came to mind, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so on. Then I came across Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? and immediately decided this was the perfect choice for a preteen girl. In fact, it's a great addition to your mother's coffee table, your best friend's bookshelf, and your sister's "girls rule" collection.
Created and edited by Jane Gottesman, and including a foreword from Penny Marshall, this book takes you on a romp through women in sports from the 19th to the 21st century. The pictures capture superstar athletes like Serena Williams and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with small-town sports victors like the determined young "tomboy on a skateboard." The photographs range from showing the agony of defeat to the gritty triumph of victory on the faces of women from all around the world. It's a truly magnificent display of woman power on the field and court, in the ring and stadium, and beyond. Definitely recommended for all the "girlz" in your life. --E. Brooke Gilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Adult/High School-This collection of black-and-white photographs features female athletes-amateurs and professional; team and individual standouts; stars of the past and present; portraits and snapshots; and young and old-engaged in various physical endeavors. The theme is variety and progress in women's sports. Each photo is accompanied by an identification of the sport, occasionally with a quote from the player depicted. Interspersed throughout are one- or two-page narratives. One is written by Kristi Yamaguchi's mother. Another is by an athlete who is herself a mother, Carla Overbeck, captain of the U.S. soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in 2001 and the Olympic gold medal in 1996. The book's jacket photo is of the now-famous Brandi Chastain after her winning World Cup penalty shot. The vivid and sometimes inspiring photos are to be noted for depicting more unusual sports for women, such as weight lifting, wrestling, and the discus throw. Just as appealing are spontaneous scenes from households or neighborhood settings showing individual games or informal pick-up activities. A foreword by Penny Marshall, film director of A League of Their Own, and the introduction stress the long way women's sports have come. Throughout the writings there is an emphasis on the freedom and progress that has been achieved since the passage of Title IX in 1972. Although the final segment, "Snapshots from Women's Sports History," begins in 1827, it is particularly interesting to follow the highlights from the past 30 years. A welcome and timely addition for sports' collections.
Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But it was also fascinating for myself as an adult to read through it. Their definition of "sports" is quite broad -- far beyond the usual basketball/soccer/etc. -- and the photos include women of all ages, races and body types. The essays by women athletes are also quite varied, offbeat and honest -- much more interesting than the typical magazine interview with star athletes.