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Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self Paperback – April 6, 2010
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But Monica Seles's memoir is different. From the start, she's not writing to beg for sympathy. This is her story of her struggle with compulsive overeating (the reason I picked this book up, as I, too, struggle with emotional and compulsive overeating), the horrific stabbing she endured in Germany, and shortly after that, discovering her beloved dad/coach was terminally ill, not in that order!
I felt awful for her, for the rude awakening she received in realizing how cold the business of tennis is, not to mention the lack of justice when her attacker was simply given probation and set free, plus she had to pay his freaking legal bills.
It was good to see that even celebrities struggle and cry, although for me, Monica Seles isn't like other celebrities. She seems miles above all the others in her authenticity and grit.
I loved this book and read it in 2 days. I cried so much in reading it, I saw myself in so much of her struggle with her weight and food, and appreciate her honesty in sharing difficult memories and episodes in her life that anyone else would rather pretend never happened.
In this memoir, Ms. Seles is not only inspirational, she is vulnerable and thoughtful. She lets down her guard completely and tells her story without whining or complaining, a real plus. This was very moving and I think the book can be beneficial to fans of Monica Seles as well as those who are struggling to overcome eating disorders and/or grieving the loss of a parent.
I remain a huge fan.
Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of Wake
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
As per other reviews, I was hesitant to read Monica's book thinking it was going to be more about her strugles with food than about tennis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paula
I loved this book! As a former competitive swimmer, I identified with the weight and identity struggles after a life devoted to a sport! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda Snyder
I grew up watching Seles play and remember her returning to the tour after a long absence. Great insight into a professional tennis player's life combined with food struggles most... Read morePublished 17 months ago by B. Starnes
All I can say to Monica is: thank you for this wonderful book :) It's all great. I like the most paragraph from her childhood, when tennis had completely take her over: "Every... Read morePublished 17 months ago by FrenkyB
Takes courage to be so open and honest. Enjoyed reading about her childhood, her relationships with her patents, & her never ending efforts to become whole. Read morePublished 18 months ago by patty
Not the most exciting bio, she covered the stabbing beautifully.Published 21 months ago by Susan Herlihy
Great read and insight to one of most ferise tennis player of her time. gret insight to the real Monica and the stabing, very funny at times too.Published on December 11, 2013 by Michael J Wilson
A must read for anyone. It is inspiring in itself. It reminds you that everyone has ups and downs in trying to be a better person in all aspects.Published on November 14, 2013 by Douglas Fisher
I really enjoyed this book. Monica shared an insight of her life that was refreshing. She was honest and entertaining.Published on June 5, 2013 by CK