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I Didn't Know I Was Black: Growing Up Black in the White World of Tennis
Steven Ryuse's book provides an interesting and insightful memoir about growing up black in the world of white tennis. A winner all the way, this book offers a universal feel as an intelligent study of racism and a thoughtful look at what it takes to succeed in sports. The author discusses his life as he grew up in a small-town white community. His initial shock of racism ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Createspace
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This book did a great job of weaving tennis pointers to real life lessons. The author beautifully tells his story of growing up playing and loving a game that is predominantly played by white people while living in a predominantly white town in Ohio. He describes how playing tennis provided him with ways of negotiating small town Ohio during volatile times, as well as, dealing with happiness and heartbreak in his personallife.