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A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the world's most successful athletes, and has dominated the women's decathlon for many years. With this book, Jackie discusses how she has overcome her difficult early years to rise to the top. ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1997)
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Theresa
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful autobiography...sometimes I read an autobiography and it is so telling that I wish I knew the person. She is someone that I could see as a friend. Her story was honest and open. I've read so many autobiographies and biographies over the years and you can always tell the ones that are honest; the ones that tell their stories, the good and the bad. When you are lucky enough to read them, you walk away feeling that you know them on some level because they have truly shared a piece of thei ...more
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of the interesting aspects of biographies/autobiographies is that the story can be superb even when the writing is mediocre. A Kind of Grace, the autobiography of Olympian heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee exemplifies this.

I should probably start with the disclaimer that I'm not a huge fan of biographies. There are some that are extremely well-written, but they are typically of people who are little-known or are already dead. This book did remind me why I'm not a fan of biographies.

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Denise
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago and loved it. I go through spurts of reading biographies and autobiographies, and this one was fascinating to me.

Jackie is an amazing athlete and person. She is inspiring then and now. I am writing from memory and ought to reread this book.
Amy Mark
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A good book about an inspiring athlete
Anna
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this is February's one I wouldn't normally read. Track and field is not really my "thing," but it was a good read--very genuine and honest. I enjoyed reading of her poor childhood and how her determination got her through life. ...more
Malea M
Mar 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Next in my pile of library books to read....I admire her, this will hopefully be a good book. / kind of disappointed in the story, but still glad I read it. enlightening.....
Vanesha McGee
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
good story from an athlete's point of view. helped in thinking about overcoming injuries. not really well written, but sounds more genuine that way ...more
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