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Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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“Christina Kim rocks. She's funny, honest and insightful. Her book, "Swinging from my Heels," is all of the above, too.” ―Daily News of Los Angeles
“If you want a glimpse into life on the women's professional tour, ''Swinging From My Heels" takes you inside that world with dozens of funny, sincere and insightful tales. A poignant, comical and revealing look at the L.P.G.A., where there is an authentic love-of-the-game spirit. It doesn't hurt that Kim is such an entertaining tour guide.” ―New York Times
“If you think the LPGA Tour is boring, you don't know Christina Kim. Kim pens a delightful, eye-opening account of her life in an up-close look at the 2009 season.” ―The Daily News of Los Angeles
“SWINGING FROM MY HEELS is the LPGA version through the eyes, heart and motoring mouth of Kim during her 2009 season… An intimate diary that not only dissects Kim's season, but pulls the curtain back on LPGA Tour. It's a thoughtful and insightful look into many of the myths, rumors and issues surrounding the LPGA Tour, while also showcasing many of the game's premier players through their friendships with Kim.” ―Monterey County Herald
“Kim takes the reader on an unforgettable romp down the fairway and into the rough of her 2009 campaign, and you'll thank her for inviting you along!” ―The Californian
“A short-skirted, high-heeled companion to Jim Bouton's ageless Ball Four. Both shine a light on the egos and sex drives, frailties and insecurities of athletes previously portrayed as one-dimensional. Like any good guidebook, Swinging From My Heels makes the L.P.G.A. seem worthy of a closer look.” ―New York Times blog "On Par"
“Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star, is the first book of its kind about what it's really like to be inside the ropes in women's golf.” ―San Diego Union Tribune
“An insider's look at a golfer (and a tour) in transition, laced with straight talk, juicy anecdotes and more than a couple of wild nights with her pals.” ―Golf.com
“Both riotous and poignant, Swinging from My Heels reveals why Christina Kim is the most engaging (and impish) player in professional golf. As bold as her wardrobe, she pulls out a driver on every topic--whether addressing her own insecurities or tour controversies. With Alan Shipnuck's deft storytelling touch, Christina provides an unvarnished peek through the looking glass of a tour season full of humor and humanity.” ―Selena Roberts
“OMG! Swinging from My Heels is A Good Walk Spoiled meets Sex in the City. Christina Kim and Alan Shipnuck must have been separated at birth: the tell-it-all athlete and the tell-it-all writer. What a book.” ―Michael Bamberger
Top Customer Reviews
What's not to love about Christina Kim? The Kim family is the quintessential American success story. The daughter of hard-working, self-sacrificing immigrants from South Korea, her well-earned success represents the essence of the land of opportunity. Kim and Shipnuck detail the path to LPGA stardom that began when Christina's father, Man, stuck a club in her hand when she was 11 years old. A mere six years later, she vaulted into public consciousness for the first time with a stunning 62 at the 2001 U.S. Girl's Amateur Championship. $3.5 million in Tour earnings later, she's become a touchstone for true fans of women's professional golf.
The narrative of the book is an event-by-event recounting Kim's 2009 season. It ends up being quite a tale - but not for the golf itself. Kim's play is fair at best - un-confident putting and a penchant for late round collapses halve her earnings from the previous years. But the bigger picture is one of change, both personal and - for the LPGA itself - economic. On the personal side, Kim breaks up with a long-time boyfriend at the book's outset.Read more ›
Christina Kim provides a true insiders view of the LPGA. Her funny yet frank "confessions" confirmed a lot of what I thought, debunked a couple myths and yes, taught me a couple things I didn't know or think about. Her personal assessment of several women pros might surprise some folks. No spoilers here folks - buy the book!
This is a tough book to put down once you start. I pre-ordered it, got it today and just finished it. It's a quick and entertaining read you won't want to put down.
About the looper thing - seriously - I would do it any day for Christina Kim for free (call me Christina!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honest And up front reveal. I didn't know how much they all love being team mates for the solheim cup.Published 2 months ago by Christine Bird
As a golfer I totally enjoyed this book and was excited to read what sassy Christina might reveal. Pretty tame stuff but still an enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by LyndyM
This is a great book for any fan of golf, or any sports fan.Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Kimble
If you want to read about every hole she played & every shot she made for the year this is for you. That was a bit much for me.Published 18 months ago by Jann