Author: Amanda Ottaway
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2018-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Unlike the stories of most visible Division I college athletes, Amanda Ottaway's story has more in common with those of the 80 percent of college athletes who are never seen on TV. The Rebounders follows the college career of an average NCAA Division I women's basketball player in the twenty-first century, beginning with the recruiting process when Ottaway is an eager, naive teenager and ending when she's a more contemplative twentysomething alumna. Ottaway's story, along with the journeys of her dynamic Wildcat teammates at Davidson College in North Carolina, covers in engaging detail the life of a mid-major athlete: recruitment, the preseason, body image and eating disorders, schoolwork, family relationships, practice, love life, team travel, game day, injuries, drug and alcohol use, coaching changes, and what comes after the very last game. In addition to the everyday issues of being a student athlete, The Rebounders also covers the objectification of female athletes, race, sexuality, and self-expression. Most college athletes, famous or not, play hard, get hurt, fail, and triumph together in a profound love of their sport and one another, and then their careers end and they figure out how to move on. From concussions and minor injuries to classrooms, parties, and relationships, Ottaway understands the experience of a Division I women's basketball player firsthand. The Rebounders is, at its core, a feminist coming-of-age story, an exploration of what it means to be a young woman who loves a sport and is on a course of self-discovery through that medium.
Author: David A. Morton III
Release Date: 2018-03-10
Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability covers the criteria for getting disability benefits for back problems, heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, mental issues like depression and anxiety, and 200 more medical conditions. Learn how to match the medical details of your disability to Social Security regulations to make sure you have the right evidence to qualify for the benefits you're due when you apply. This guide is written by a former Chief Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration whose expert deciphering of the medical portions of SSA regulations will help you understand how you can get benefits. If you've been denied benefits already, this book will tell you how to find out why and what steps to take to prove that you should get benefits on appeal. This edition is completely updated with the latest rules and information plus updated figures for 2018 and many updated medical listings.
Everyday Africa combats the clich�s that depict Africa as a place of only poverty, disease, and war. Featuring the finest images from the acclaimed social media project, the book showcases photos of ordinary life that find beauty in stories rarely seen, shifting perception from the sensationalized extremes to a more textured, familiar reality. Photographs run alongside sections of Instagram commentary inspired by the images. Shocking, funny, and heartfelt, the comments are lighthearted one moment, caustic the next, speaking volumes about widely held perceptions of Africa while underscoring the continent's increased connectivity in a globalized world.
BY THE WINNER OF THE 2013 JOSÉ SARAMAGO PRIZE AN AFRICA39/UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE 2014 TOP AFRICAN WRITER UNDER 40 A GUARDIAN TOP FIVE AFRICAN WRITER, 2012 WINNER OF THE GRINZANE PRIZE FOR BEST YOUNG WRITER, 2010 By the beaches of Luanda, the Soviets are building a grand mausoleum in honour of the Comrade President. Granmas are whispering: houses, they say, will be dexploded, and everyone will have to leave. With the help of his friends Charlita and Pi (whom everyone calls 3.14), and with assistance from Dr. Rafael KnockKnock, the Comrade Gas Jockey, the amorous Gudafterov, crazy Sea Foam, and a ghost, our young hero must decide exactly how much trouble he’s willing to face to keep his Granma safe in Bishop’s Beach. Energetic and colourful, impish and playful, Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret is a charming coming-of-age story from the next rising star in African literature.
Author: Barbara McMahon
Publisher: Barbara McMahon
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Country singing star Amanda Smith was seeking a refuge from the busy concert schedule when she finds the perfect hide-away in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The only problem is neighbor Mac Mackenzie who's had his eye on that patch of land for years. When he can't bribe her to leave, he changes tactics. The only problem is it becomes hard to tell if he's trying to drive her away, or convince her to stay.
From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there In 2015, the U.S .Women s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance byteam captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick three goals in one game during the first sixteen minutes. But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, hersoccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world. This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take readers inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition."
A beautiful young widow and mother of a small daughter, Violette Szabo undertook two secret missions to France in 1944 as an agent for the Special Operations Executive. Just after D-Day, a few days into her second mission, she was arrested following a gun battle and sent to Ravensbruck, the women's concentration camp near Berlin, where she was executed at the beginning of 1945. The first edition of this book, published in 2002, was written with the cooperation of some of Violette's family members - in particular her elder brother Roy and her daughter Tania - as well as several of her friends and two of the only three SOE agents to survive incarceration in Ravensbruck. The author was also given access to letters written about his daughter by Violette's father, Charles Bushell, which had never before been made public and remain in a private collection to this day. This updated edition contains more information, available following the release of documents in 2003, which poses questions about Violette's relationship with her family and highlights anomalies in the way the official version of Violette's story was told. 'Ottaway confirms that she is a meticulous researcher and first-rate historian.' Alliance Advocate 'This excellent biography presents a vivid portrait of Violette as an agent and as a person. Extensive research and interviews with people who knew and worked with her have enabled the author to set out the facts and re-examine Violette's remarkable life. This is a moving and gripping read which offers a valuable insight into the character of one of Britain's greatest heroines.' This England
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?
This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending ... or beginning, as they're often the same thing. Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn't see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex husband. Tilda literally can't see herself. Michi can't bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what's right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places. But things are about to change ... Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney ... and in love.
Author: Kennedy, Kostya
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation
New York Times bestselling author Kostya Kennedy sets this captivating, character-rich story against the back-drop of one of the most pressing questions in sports: Should we let our sons play football? At the high end of America’s most popular game is the glittering NFL, a fan-stoked money machine and also an opaque enterprise under scrutiny for the physical dangers imposed on its players. Then there’s high school football, unrivaled for the crucial life lessons it imparts-discipline, leadership, cooperation, humility, perseverance-yet also a brain-rattling, bone-breaking game whose consequences are at best misunderstood, and, at the very worst, deadly. What is the parent of a young athlete to make of that? The New Rochelle High School team in suburban New York is like many across the country: a source of civic pride, a manhood workshop for a revered coach and an emotional proving ground for boys of widely different backgrounds. In the fall of 2014, New Rochelle’s season unfolded alongside watershed NFL head injury revelations and domestic abuse cases (remember Ray Rice?), as well as fatalities on nearby fields. The dramatic story of that season, for players, parents and coaches, underscores fundamental questions. Are football’s inherent risks so great that the sport may not survive as we know it? Or are those risks worth the rewards that the game continues to bestow, and that can stay with a young man for a lifetime?
Sadie leaves her Puritanical family and their hiding place on an isolated Montana mountainside with the hope of reconnecting and belonging to the rest of humanity, but after she bears witness to a shocking scene on a summer night in Tennessee, Sadie is forced back to the world of her family, with witches, shape-shifters, vampires, and other supernatural creatures.
Published for the first time in English byGiramondo, Death Fugue is the boldattempt by a prominent Chinese novelist to confront the legacy of protest and suppressionwhich haunts her generation. Sheng Keyi was born in Hunan province in 1973 andlives in Beijing. Death Fugue is her sixth novel, and the second to bepublished in English translation, after Northern Girls (2012). It is a bravework of speculative fiction, a cross between Cloud Atlas and 1984, scathingin its irony, ingenious in its use of allegory, and acute in its understandingof the power of writing. The imagination that drives it is exuberant and unconstrained. In a large square in the centre of Beiping, thecapital of Dayang, a huge tower of excrement appears one day, causing unease inthe population, and ultimately widespread civil unrest. The protest, in whichpoets play an important part, is put down violently. Haunted by the violence,and by his failure to support his girlfriend Qizi, who is one of the protestleaders, Yuan Mengliu gives up poetry in favour of medicine, and the antisepticenvironment of the operating theatre. But every year he travels in search of Qizi,and on one of these trips, caught in a storm, he wakes to find himself in aperfect society called Swan Valley. In this utopia, as he soon discovers, impulseand feeling are completely controlled, and every aspect of life regulated forthe good of the nation, with terrible consequences. Reviewed here in the New York Times
In her extraordinary swimming career, Shirley Babashoff set thirty-nine national records and eleven world records. Prior to the 1990s, she was the most successful U.S. female Olympian and, in her prime, was widely considered to be the greatest female swimmer in the world. Heading into the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Babashoff was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and followed closely by the media. Hopes were high that she would become “the female Mark Spitz.” All of that changed once Babashoff questioned the shocking masculinity of the swimmers on the East German women’s team. Once celebrated as America’s golden girl, Babashoff was accused of poor sportsmanship and vilified by the press with a new nickname: “Surly Shirley.” Making Waves displays the remarkable strength and resilience that made Babashoff such a dynamic champion. From her difficult childhood and beginnings as a determined young athlete growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, through her triumphs as the greatest female amateur swimmer in the world, Babashoff tells her story in the same unflinching manner that made her both the most dominant female swimmer of her time and one of the most controversial athletes in Olympic history.
Author: John Feinstein
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Release Date: 2008-11-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Like millions who love college basketball, John Feinstein was first drawn to the game because of its intensity, speed and intelligence. Like many others, he felt that the vast sums of money involved in NCAA basketball had turned the sport into a division of the NBA, rather than the beloved amateur sport it once was. He went in search of college basketball played with the passion and integrity it once inspired, and found the Patriot League. As one of the NCAA's smallest leagues, none of these teams leaves college early to join the NBA and none of these coaches gets national recognition or endorsement contracts. The young men on these teams are playing for the love of the sport, of competition and of their schools. John Feinstein spent a season with these players, uncovering the drama of their daily lives and the passions that drive them to commit hundreds of hours to basketball even when there is no chance of a professional future. He offers a look at American sport at its purest.