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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions is the true story of how a teenager fends off an armed intruder with only her wits, then goes on to become the toughest female martial artist in her karate school and an early advocate for women’s rights. Yet in private this five-foot fighter forms one disastrous relationship with men after another. Ul ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Route One Press
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Agnes Mack
I am so grateful to Nina Hamberg for writing this memoir. I don't remember the last time a book took my breath away quite like this one did.

Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions begins during Nina's teenage years, when a stranger breaks into her bedroom and attacks her in the middle of the night. This seemingly random event affects Nina dramatically, and the ensuing story is, in part, the story of how that event shaped her life. Much of this is such an ugly book: but so very necessary.

A lot of
Tara Chevrestt
This is a memoir.. of a woman who chooses one wrong man after another. By wrong man, I don't mean men that leave the toilet seat up, have chronic bad breath, little peckers, or incredibly annoying habits, but men with violent tendencies.

Ever heard the saying about how women choose husbands like their dads? The memoir starts with telling readers a bit about Nina's parents and their failed marriage. It goes on to chronicle an attack she received from a potential rapist at the age of 18... and how
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This is the true-life account of Nina Hamberg, a woman who experienced violence at the hands of others, and though she struggled, did not allow it to ultimately define her. Beginning in her teenage years, Nina learns true fear and doubt when a stranger breaks into her house in an attempt to rape her. Though she defends herself, both a physical and internal scar remain—an outward reminder of her trials and tribulations of that night, a
I've never thought of myself as a memoir reader, but recently I've received some incredible books that have me rethinking my position. What I've realized is I'm drawn to memoirs with gritty honestly and self derogating humility. No nostalgic self-reflection retelling of events for me, please. What I love about Nina Hamberg's, Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions is, like others have suggested, this memoir reads like a fiction novel. Although I'm certain there are many other parts to Nina's life, ...more
Wow, Wow, Wow. My review will not do this book and its author any justice. This is the first Memoir I have ever read and it certainly won’t be my last. Nina Hamberg has had a remarkable life and is an inspiration to me. I loved reading her story. It was an emotional roller-coaster. The ups and downs of her family life, a stalker creeping into her bedroom at night, her explosive relationships with men, her fathers’ illness, a broken marriage and finally comes David.

Nina goes through life haunted
Sahina Bibi
Long overdue but still a review that I've had trouble writing, simply because it's hard to describe the profound effect that this book had on me and how real it was. I was contacted by Nina to read and review her book and she kindly sent me a copy over and while it's been ages since I posted a review, I've always had this on my "to be posted" list, as soon as possible and I have finally gotten around to writing the review for this in the hopes it does the book justice.

The book is a memoir, and
Tamera Lawrence
A typical girl, Nina Hamberg is caught between two parents who act more like children, then adults and later divorce. To make matters worse, Nina is ignored when she tells of a peeking tom looking through her bedroom window. Even the cops don’t take her seriously. So when the stalker breaks in and attacks her, everyone acts surprised, even though the warning signs were already there but discounted. The attack leaves a stain in young Nina’s heart as people around her avoid what happened, includin ...more
Robin Levin
I found much that was thought-provoking in Nina Hamberg's well-written, remarkably honest and candid memoir Grip:A Memoir of Fierce Attractions. The first thing this book brings to mind is the first paragraph of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are alike, every unhappy family is miserable in it's own peculiar fashion." Nina makes clear from the start that her family was extremely unhappy and dysfunctional. Her mother is almost completely self-absorbed, and her usually mild manner ...more
God, how I loved this book! I had a feeling I would totally be nuts about it from the first moment I held it in my hands. It was this bleh morning when I went to pick it up from the Post Office (and it took me 2 hours to finally get it, buuuuut these are the pleasures of how things work…), it was sunny, hot (I hate sunny&hot with a passion unrivaled), and I had a general desire to just make the whole thing go away from my mind. But then I finally got the book, and as I was holding the packag ...more
When I received an advanced reader copy of Grip for review, I anticipated a memoir about a woman’s survival of abuse. With so many women experiencing abusive relationships (one out of three is the last statistic I’ve heard, and I expect that is on the low side), we sorely need many more such stories of how girls and women cope and, hopefully, survive and thrive later in their lives.

Grip has such moments to set the background. There is the abuse from two very self-centered parents, the father be
This book was a Library Thing contest win.

While this book is about the memoir's of an abused woman. It seems like the woman did not learn from the abuse. She went on the abuse others including animals. This author did not realize that abuse in any from no matter where it came from or who it came from is wrong. I can not understand how she became to work with at-risk youth. Or why she allowed her self to be treated in such a way.

I will admit to not have been abused by my parents but I was abused
Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions
I received this book from Goodreads, and couldn't wait to get started on it. I wasn't disappointed.
Having read the dedication "To David" I was expecting a happy conclusion, but I found it difficult to put down because I always wanted to know what happened next.
Nina's courage and hard work to get where she is today from such an incident filled upbringing is to be commended. Her story could so easily have ended sadly. It made me very thankful for my own stable s
Richard Gilbert
Grip is wonderfully scenic and compelling. In the manner of Tobias Wolff’s great memoirs, Grip’s meaning is embedded in its story. Nina Hamberg grew up rough, and was scarred. A narrative of her subsequent fraught relationships with men who are afflicted with their own baggage, Grip is frank sexually without being overly graphic. I don't think I have read a memoir that so well captures not-quite-right relationships. Everyone's had them, but they are hard to portray, and Hamberg does so without r ...more
Lori Tatar
I was reeled in from the very first page. "Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions" is a very candid memoir by Nina Hamberg told in a natural and unassuming way that draws the reader further into the author's tale with each breath. The fear, courage and complete candor are palpable forces that make this impossible to put down. It is also a perfect book to share with others who may appreciate the wisdom gained by Ms. Hamburg. It is as stunning as it is unforgettable...five stars all the way!
Amanda Lee
Oct 05, 2011 Amanda Lee marked it as to-read
"Women resonate to the emotional journey the author travels to reclaim her ability to trust and love. Men respond to the action on the karate mat and the boldness of a young woman who doesn't hesitate to fight." Really? Is this really implying that women will respond to something emotional, but not the action? I'm kind of dumb-founded why this is in the summary for a book like this.
This is one of favorites memoirs now. I really enjoyed reading this book and have told some friends that they need to check it out. This book can help some people and make you look at things differently. It has helped to know someone can make life better by changing things throughout life. Thanks for the book!!!
susan murray
very enjoyable and excellant writing I was into this book straight away. Nina picks the wrong men it seems to stem from the attack on her and it moulds her life into things like doing karate where she excels herself.Nina is a strong women with strong opinions and this comes across in this memoir.

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Nina Hamberg was initially encouraged to write poetry in seventh grade by a teacher named Miss Baudelaire. She has been writing all her life, both for pleasure and profit. Hamberg studied creative writing at programs sponsored by Stanford University, Duke University, and the Squaw Valley Writers Community. She has been a marketing consultant, karate instructor, photographer, group home counselor, ...more
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