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A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete by [Jackie Joyner-Kersee]

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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews Review

The best sports stories are about overcoming overwhelming odds, confronting adversity, and--with a magical combination of skill, will, impossibly hard work, and determination--beating back the obstacles and triumphing with grace. It's no surprise, then, that Jackie Joyner-Kersee, multi-Olympic champion, All-American basketball star, and all-around inspiration and role model would include "Grace" in the title of her stirring autobiography; through her long careers, she has been both its beneficiary and its embodiment. Her journey from the poverty of East St. Louis to international fame and accomplishment is a marvelous tale of courage and conviction, which she movingly relates with passion, humor, honesty, and, of course, grace. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Joyner-Kersee is a three-time Olympic gold medalist whose success in the multievent heptathlon deservedly earned her the designation as the world's best female athlete. She's also gained notoriety as a motivational speaker and product spokesperson. This standard-issue sports autobiography recounts her youth in impoverished East St. Louis, Illinois; her fledgling athletic endeavors under an outstanding high-school coach; her collegiate years at UCLA; and her 12-year career as a world-class heptathlete and long jumper. She recounts her courtship and marriage to her collegiate coach, Bob Kersee, and her struggle to recognize her asthma condition and make the adjustments that would permit her to continue competing. In between are descriptions of a few family tragedies and a ton of information regarding her triumphs at various track meets around the world. Anyone who has ever read a sports autobiography is familiar with the structure: it's only the details that differ from book to book. As far as it goes, this is a competent account of an admirable life. Joyner-Kersee's numerous fans and a big-dollar promotional push will create significant demand. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 1327 KB
  • Print Length : 346 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B002UGU36I
  • Publication Date : July 28, 1999
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; 1st Edition (July 28, 1999)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0446522481
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 15 ratings