The Boxer's Heart: How I Fell in Love with the Ring
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The Boxer's Heart: How I Fell in Love with the Ring

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"I fought to shake things up, to play with the world. If I--sometime bookworm, singer in a band, Londoner, magazine editor, fiction writer, hotel and restaurant critic, softball addict, Caucasian of mixed heritage, pony-mad child, expatriate--could become a convincing pugilist, then anything under the sun is possible."

So says Kate Sekules, the author of this brilliantly ca...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2000 by Villard
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Sekules wrestles with the sport, the sexism, the violence, the ugliness. And yet, I don't feel as if I know anything about her...really. Sometimes I was annoyed with the author, as I annoy myself when I get trapped in my head and think my way into circles. And that's how reading this book sometimes felt--like you're reading in circles.

Sekules wrestles with being a woman with what she perceives to be an imperfect form. How many of us are unhappy with our bodies and skulk to the gym in search of...more
Really, really enjoyed this. I was expecting a very passionate story about nothing but fighting and the things that go into fighting, but I was pleasantly surprised to get more than that. Kate takes you in the ring, out of the ring, into the culture, into the media coverage of the culture, the wins, the losses, everything. She writes about aspects of boxing that I didn't even consider, like the men who have sexual fetishes about it and how punishing it is to prepare for a fight (if you're lucky...more
I probably wouldn't have picked this up if I had noticed it was a reprint of a book first published 11 years ago. But, I'm so glad I did. This was a rare opportunity to read a book by an experienced journalist who was not just a dabbler in something for a year and then writes a book. Boxing was something the author pursued for a variety of reasons; but, I don't think any were so she could write a book about it, which makes this a refreshing addition to the memoir genre.

The timing is also perfect...more
Lala Hulse
This is the one that kicked off my books-about-boxing craze. I don't read about sports and I don't read memoirs, so who knows why I decided to pick up this book, other than I like boxing (well, kickboxing, actually). I ended up really enjoying it. She did a great job conveying, first of all, what hard work it is training to be a boxer, and how it affects other facets of your life and your interactions with people. She also goes into her experience as a female boxer and how female professional bo...more
I despise women's boxing on the professional level as a demeaning sideshow, no better than "celebrity" boxing.

But boxing is inherently fascinating, and the author's well-told tale of her love affair with the sport and her efforts to land a 'real' fight drew me in.
Lindsay Eaton
I couldn't believe it when I saw this book in the library - women's boxing - how fantastic. And I wasn't disappointed! Interesting and inspirational - a must-read for women who box or think they might like to. Thanks Kate - I just loved it.
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