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Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life Hardcover – June 15, 2010

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The case can be made that Misty May-Treanor is the most accomplished female athlete of her generation: two state volleyball championships in high school, an NCAA championship in college, domination of women's professional beach volleyball, and two Olympic gold medals. She was the child of two world-class athletes and came to embody their competitiveness and discipline. Much of her autobiography reads like Sports Bio 101: descriptions of important competitions, training routines, wins, losses, and rehabbing from injuries. Still, coauthor Steeg, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, keeps the narrative flowing and injects enough humor to maintain interest. When May-Treanor steps away from sports, she recounts difficult episodes in her personal lilfe, such as her father's alcoholism and her mother's 2002 death from cancer. The account of her mother's long illness and the void left by her death is touchingly honest and a reminder that success does not immunize one against life's most painful moments. Certainly of general interest to sports fans and especially valuable and inspirational to young female athletes. --Wes Lukowsky

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Misty May-Treanor was born in Los Angeles and grew up playing beach volleyball at the Santa Monica Pier with her father, Butch, a 1968 Olympian, and her mother Barbara. She graduated from Long Beach State, where she was a vital member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team and received the Honda-Broderick Award for the nation’s collegiate female athlete of the year. After a brief stint with the U.S. national indoor team, she went on to revolutionize the sport of beach volleyball, becoming the best women’s player ever. Misty currently splits time between California and Florida with her husband, Majoy League Baseball catcher Matt Treanor.

Jill Lieber Steeg has been an award-winning senior writer at Sports Illustrated and USA TODAY. In her more than three decades in journalism, she has established herself as one of the nation’s preeminent profile writers and investigative sports reporters. She lives in California with her husband Jim and their beloved golden retreiver Fenway.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. chan on June 19, 2010
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I find that one of the best ways to judge books is by the "bother your spouse" factor. Typically my wife is reading some book on a topic that I don't care for, and she'll interrupt me "Can I read you a passage?" or quote me some one-liner from her book that she found interesting. Over the course of a novel, she'll typically "bother" me, let's say, five times. My response is typically to chuckle, more often than not, just to humor her. I rarely "bother" her when I'm reading.

I found Misty's new book "Digging Deep..." so entertaining that for the first time I found myself "bothering my spouse" frequently. It seemed like I "bothered" her over 10 times, to share a line or a story from the book. Some of it was sharing insights into the depths of the volleyball world, and some of it was just hilarious stories that Misty has experienced.

Misty's book reminds me of the promo line from an old movie entitled "Stuart Saves His Family". The line goes: "You'll laugh because it's not your family, and you'll cry because it is." I did find myself laughing out loud, as well as having tears well up in my eyes while reading Misty's book.

I highly recommend Misty's book for its unprecedented "bother your spouse" factor. It's "bother your spouse" factor is so high that my wife can't wait to read it.
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This is a pretty in-depth autobiography about Misty growing up in California and all through her first 3 olympics. There are several things she says she's never told publicly until this book. It can get pretty long at some parts but also I felt like i needed to have a highlighter on hand because she says some very inspirational things and life lessons. She has a very unique story and this book is definitely worth reading because there's so much of a background to her I never would have guessed.

The book was in very good condition and came pretty fast after I ordered it.
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Misty's new book is a must-have. Who would have ever thought that behind her apparent happy-go-lucky personna belies a troubled upbringing? Her rise to pop star status, despite her difficult chidhood upbringing, is a phenonemenal story. For more insider details about her life, and that of other players on the professional beach volleyball tour, check out the groundbreaking book, "Order On The Court", that exposes this fascinating sport's struggles, while highlighting its triumphs.
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Anyone who was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics would love this book Misty May. Her life story is a heartwarming, sometimes sad book that covers everything from her young life living near the beach to her initial meeting and teaming up with partner Kerri Walsh.
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By ann on November 21, 2013
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It's an awesome book; educational and inspiring. Will have my 15 year old daughter read it and hopefully she can take something away from reading it. Shipping was fast too.
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I am a huge fan of Misty May-Treanor! She is an amazing athlete and from what I have read in the book and in other interviews she seems like a very down to earth person. Her book is very interesting and inspiring. I am not an athlete myself but I can truly respect her talent! Must read!
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the delivery was fast and accurate.
The book, Misty: Diggin Deep in Volleyball and Life, is in excellent condition and signed! what a great surprise!
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I didn't know much about beach volleyball before I picked this up. I've watched some games on TV, and of course knew of Misty May from Olympic coverage, but I am only starting to appreciate this sport. I wanted to know more about May after watching the gold medal match in Bejing...I wanted to know more about her and the sport.

There's no denying that May is an amazing athlete who has done great things within the sport. And she's had a rough journey to get to where she is. May doesn't hold back about the issues she's experienced (her parents alcoholism and abuse, an assault in college and many injuries) and is very open about how she feels about things, which makes this book a fast and interesting read.

But I struggled with this book because I found myself put-off by the attitude that comes across. I realize this is an autobiography, but it was too focused on how May sees herself as such an amazing athlete. As an example, she cites a time in college where she partied too hard and missed practice with a hangover. She says she realized immediately that this was wrong on her part (very true) but the reason it was wrong was because she was the star of the team and couldn't miss practice because the team would suffer for it (she actually says this). It was too 'I'm so great' for me. I've read several autobiographies from athletes that come across more humble and appreciate than this one.

There is also a lack of information about the olympics themselves. Arguably, her two Olympic gold medals are her greatest accomplishment to date. But she didn't win them on her own. There is very little in this book about her parter on the court Kerri Walsh.
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