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Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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In this diary-style memoir written with Shipnuck (Bud, Sweat & Tees), golf pro Kim declares she is always happy to be the person at a party who makes an ass of herself. The outspoken 25-year-old from San Jose, Calif., also ponders many questions, ranging from Does my butt look big in this skirt? to issues of lesbianism, anti-Asian sentiment, and the effect of a down economy on the women's game. Interwoven with a blow-by-blow account of her 2009 tournaments, including details about her frequent changes of equipment and caddies, she tells of her rise as a player and of her sometimes contentious relationship with her father, who initially coached, managed, and caddied for her when she turned pro at 18. Readers learn much about her boyfriends, including a long-term love affair with a caddie that ended as her 2009 season began, and she reveals that it's not easy to get laid on the LPGA tour. She also shares her love for Twitter, shopping (she has 75 pairs of shoes), singer Jason Mraz (who autographed her prodigious cleavage), and the environment. She also tells her story about posing nude for ESPN magazine. The promised confessions, however, are far from surprising, and the accounts of her golf rounds will interest only the most obsessed of fans. (May)
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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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Swinging from My Heels" was a natural for me: Christina Kim is one of my favorite golfers. Alan Shipnuck is my favorite golf writer. In this book, Christina hooked me right from the start when she states that Shipnuck - who she describes as a "buddy going back to 2004" when he wrote a nice profile of her for SI - wrote her "all-time favorite golf book," Bud, Sweat, & Tees: Rich Beem's Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour. Indeed: Best golf book ever, hands down. This partnership doesn't disappoint. Shipnuck captures Christina's voice and uniquely vibrant personality on these pages.

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.
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..and I really mean it. If you have even the slightest interest in ladies professional golf you need to read this book.

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!).
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If you're an LPGA and/or Christina follower, you need to buy this book. Embarrassed to say, I'm only taking the time to review it now that Christina just won the Lorena Ochoa. I read the book before becoming an LPGA follower (mainly because Golf Channel has shamefully back-burnered most of the tournaments and it's hard to follow unless you love unearthing the remote at 1 AM), therefore, hadn't seen Christina play. She stands out for her masterful composure throughout the rounds, her playfulness and her sportsmanship. The book hits many personal notes and describes the tour in enough detail to satisfy the avid golfer. It does not get into her bout with depression which, IMHO, was unnecessarily played up by Golf Channel.....Christina is a champion; one with a sense of humor and irony and perseverence.....all I need to know.
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What great insight into this world - and fun to read, even for the non golfer. My golf addicted husband bought this for my 12 year old daughter who is a great golfer, but was advised to have parent read it first. She won't read it for a long time, but I absolutely LOVED this book and LOVE Christina. Even though I don't golf, I felt all the drama of the ups and downs in this book and loved the emotional perspective. I will be watching Christina and will recommend this book to many...Thanks..
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I've been interested in Christina Kim since I first watched her at the Samsung World Championship at Hiddenbrook Golf Course in Vallejo California. I took my youngest daughter there and she, along with Dorothy Delasin made it a point to talk to my daughter even though they were preparing to play the Sunday round. Just a nice person. I enjoyed this book because she provide some insight into the Tour. I don't expect to get all of the stories, only John Feinstein seems to be able to get those and he puts them in his books. It's nice to see someone who didn't grow up playing on a country club and got private lessons from the age of 5 reaching the LPGA and winning some events. She is the Jimmy Demeret of the LPGA, a very good player and fun to watch. That came across in her book and made it a fun read.
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Was never a fan of Christina Kim and in fact, found her extremely annoying. This book doesn't entirely change my perception of her being annoying but I've definitely become a fan. Never before has a book on a current (not retired) professional athelete been so honest and poignant in the athlete's struggles with life and career. Her honesty is freshing and at times endearing. The vulnerability that Christina Kim expresses will make anyone that reads this book a devout fan.

Go Christina!!!!!
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