In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais audiobook

In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle: A True Story of Hoop Dreams and One Very Special Team

By Madeleine Blais
Read by Christina Traister

Brilliance Audio 9780802121455
9.39 Hours 1
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“Beautifully written . . . A celebration of girls and athletics.” The national bestselling sports classic from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist (USA Today). Expanded and updated with a new epilogue, Madeleine Blais’ book tells the story of a season in the life of the Amherst Lady Hurricanes, a girls’ high school basketball team from the Western Massachusetts college town. The Hurricanes were a talented team with a near-perfect record, but for five straight years, when it came to the crunch of the playoffs, they somehow lacked the desire to go all the way. Now, led by senior guards Jen Pariseau, a three-point specialist, and Jamila Wideman, an All-American phenom, this was the year to prove themselves. It was a season to test their passion for the sport and their loyalty to each other, and a chance to discover who they really were. As an off-season of summer jobs and basketball camps turns to fall, as students arrive and the games begin, Blais charts the ups and downs of the team and paints a portrait of the wider Amherst community, which comes to revel in the athletic exploits of their girls. Finally, a women’s team was getting the attention they deserve. And the Hurricanes were richly deserving; these teenage girls are fierce and funny, smart and ambitious, and they are the heart of this gripping book. “Extraordinary.” —The Baltimore Sun “A picture of a changing period in American sports history, when a town rallied around its female athletes in a way that had previously been reserved for males.” —Publishers Weekly

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“Beautifully written . . . A celebration of girls and athletics.” The national bestselling sports classic from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist (USA Today). Expanded and updated with a new epilogue, Madeleine Blais’ book tells the story of a season in the life of the Amherst Lady Hurricanes, a girls’ high school basketball team from the Western Massachusetts college town. The Hurricanes were a talented team with a near-perfect record, but for five straight years, when it came to the crunch of the playoffs, they somehow lacked the desire to go all the way. Now, led by senior guards Jen Pariseau, a three-point specialist, and Jamila Wideman, an All-American phenom, this was the year to prove themselves. It was a season to test their passion for the sport and their loyalty to each other, and a chance to discover who they really were. As an off-season of summer jobs and basketball camps turns to fall, as students arrive and the games begin, Blais charts the ups and downs of the team and paints a portrait of the wider Amherst community, which comes to revel in the athletic exploits of their girls. Finally, a women’s team was getting the attention they deserve. And the Hurricanes were richly deserving; these teenage girls are fierce and funny, smart and ambitious, and they are the heart of this gripping book. “Extraordinary.” —The Baltimore Sun “A picture of a changing period in American sports history, when a town rallied around its female athletes in a way that had previously been reserved for males.” —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A much-needed addition to sports writing for women . . . Extremely readable and compact . . . Compelling. School Library Journal
A special book . . . Alternately funny, exciting and moving, the book should be enjoyed not only by girls and women who have played sports but also those who wanted to but let themselves be discouraged. Publishers Weekly
Few journalists in the country can match the moves and magic of Madeleine Blais. She writes with a blend of subtlety, grace, and humor smoother than fine whiskey, and she has never been better than she is here. I thought that everything that needed to be said about high school sports in America had already been said. I was wrong.”―Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
A fantastic account of a high school basketball team . . . A great book. Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic and WordFreak
This book is the product of a perfect marriage. The subject is timely and fascinating, and Madeleine Blais is a first-rate reporter and writer.”―Tracy Kidder
Blais’s narrative gift has produced a touching, exciting book about a subject largely ignored until now, namely women athletes. Her story of a year in the life of a high school basketball team and its hometown goes far beyond the obvious to illuminate how people really feel, how things really work.”―Anne Bernays
Engrossing . . . Better than the best pep talk, this book will kindle your pride in your own unique, feminine strength. New Woman
Flows like a novel . . . These basketball players show us what women can do when they work together as a team. Atlanta Constitution
Joyful . . . The reader gets a real sense of these girls and their dreams. New York Times Book Review
Beautifully written . . . A celebration of girls and athletics. USA Today
Extraordinary. Baltimore Sun
Tender and upbeat . . . Wonderfully wry . . . A delight to read. Philadelphia Inquirer
A beautiful book . . . The art of athleticism is depicted in its essence.”―Denver Post
“[In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle] will satisfy your desire for a book with a sharp human-interest angle―competitive girls becoming women―and game-time excitement.”―New York Times

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 9.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English