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Skating Life: My Story

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great Read

This is a book that I would highly recommend. As a retired school librarian and lover of biographies, I always searched for a biography that would engage 7th and 8th graders as well as adults. This would be it. Having watched Dorothy Hamill's performances on TV anytim...
This is a book that I would highly recommend. As a retired school librarian and lover of biographies, I always searched for a biography that would engage 7th and 8th graders as well as adults. This would be it. Having watched Dorothy Hamill's performances on TV anytime I could, I was amazed as how effortlessly she made her skating look and how she always seemed cheerful and happy. From watching her performances, I would never have guessed as some of her struggles growing up. I loved the directness and honesty without any blaming.

posted by PaigeCG on July 28, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Dorothy Hamill's novel "A Skating Life" is a quick and

Dorothy Hamill's novel "A Skating Life" is a quick and easy read that opens the reader's
eyes to the real world of competitive skating. The book covers the life of 1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Dorothy Hamill and describes both the physical and mental...
Dorothy Hamill's novel "A Skating Life" is a quick and easy read that opens the reader's
eyes to the real world of competitive skating. The book covers the life of 1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Dorothy Hamill and describes both the physical and mental strain that pushed her to the olympic podeum. Througout the novel, a theme of famly sacrifice is continuously brouhgt up. Dorothy writes of how much her family, especially her mother sacrificed to get her to reach her full potential. Never have I heard of such a family being so selfless and putting their own wants and needs aside for someone else. The family's unconditinal love that is expressed throughout the book is truly overwhelming. One of the best things about the book is Hamill's writing style. Hamill writes in a very personal and relatable way making it easy to image yourself within the text. Even though her unique voice is easily heard through the text, at times the mood of the book gets to be slightly depressing. She describes her inner struggle with depression in the novel and it was quite easy as a reader, to be overwhelmed by the text's negative and saddening energy. Overall, Hamill does a great job balancing the emotions throughout the book. Hamill's novel sends a loud and clear message to all readers saying how if you truly want something in life and believe you have what it takes to accomplish it, go for it! This book was short yet suprisingly inspiring and is perfect for anyone looking to jump into the world of competative ice skating.



posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    High recommended-you must check it out

    Very much enjoyed this book. Dorothy is a beautiful person and her lifer shows this. Had a hard time putting the book down. Great reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2010

    Great Read

    This is a book that I would highly recommend. As a retired school librarian and lover of biographies, I always searched for a biography that would engage 7th and 8th graders as well as adults. This would be it. Having watched Dorothy Hamill's performances on TV anytime I could, I was amazed as how effortlessly she made her skating look and how she always seemed cheerful and happy. From watching her performances, I would never have guessed as some of her struggles growing up. I loved the directness and honesty without any blaming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2007

    Can't put this memoir down! GREAT!!

    Reading how this beautiful lady overcame so many obstacles, remained so graceful in her entire life, the juicy details of her affairs makes for a fascinating read. Winning the Olympic Gold and not having her own mother there - is a mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Beautiful pictures too that make the book a real keepsake. (I read an adavnaced copy and am so glad I did.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Ice 3

    I got home and went straight to my room. I had to find a costume for Yasuno's costume party. That was always the hardest part of any party. My eyes drifted over the costumes in the open magazine. After a few fruitless minutes of search, I collapsed back onto my bed and stared at the ceiling. My phone rang, and I picked it up. "Hey." "Hey, Sarah." "Momoka!" I struggled up onto one elbow. "I need help!" "The party? I know." I laughed. "Yeah, I am all over the place with my costume. It is so shaming. Can I come over?" "Uh...sure," I replied after checking my clock. "I'll be over in five," the phone went dead. I let my head fall back onto my pillow and I snapped my phone shut. Even after taking second, Momoka thankfully was not mad at me. When Momoka arrived, mom brought up a tray of wheat crackers with fat free cheese cubes. "Thanks for coming," I murmured, nibbling on a cracker. "No problem," Momoka replied, biting into a cheese cube. "Did you talk to Mako and Yasuno?" I asked her. Momoka nodded. "They were going to dress as movie stars, but it's a secret." We tried to find a decent costume for two hours, pointing some out and imagining how they'd look. "Your body is so light and your figure is beautiful, that costume would make you look bloated," she explained to me when I pointed to a purple crayon costume. I crossed it out with my pen. "Do think this would be good on me?" Momoka asked, looking at a pretty black and white Ragdoll costume. "Yes! It would really make your eyes stand out," I tried to persuade her to get it so she would help me. "Okay, I'll pick it up later," she finally said, turning the page. That is when I saw it. It was a peacock costume, with a sky blue dress that reached just above the knees with no sleeves. There was a pale green short piece of transparent fabric behind it, like a tail, and a peacock feather hairclip. "You would look so cool in that, it contrasts well with your fiery red hair," noted Momoka. "I am getting it," I simply said. "Then lets get to the costume store!" ~~~ It was dark outside, and the claw shaped moon hung, whispy clouds trailing across it. There was a chilly breeze, that sent leaves tumbling across the yard. The tree in the front yard was bare, with a pool of dead leaves circling around it. "Nice fog machine," Kaoru noted as we walked up the foggy driveway. She had dressed as a witch, with cute buckle shoes and a lacy pink dress. "Yeah, and those cobwebs look pretty real," I added. The entire front porch was decked out in thick pale green and white webs. We reached the front door and I rang the doorbell. Yasuno came to the door, "Welcome." Her costume was a traditional silk red kimono with a jade dragon stitched onto the front. Her brown hair was done up in two buns, with chopsticks through each. "Woah, cool costume!" Kaoru commented as we stepped inside. "Thanks. Your's too," she smiled. I was greeted by the smell of warm apple cider and ginger. "Hey, you too," Mako made her way over. She was wearing a long sea foam green sleeveless dress that flaired at the bottom with a snow white shawl. A pair of expensive white sunglasses were perched on her head. I watched her stare at my costume for a moment and felt smug, but only for a second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    To: the auther, Ddorthey Hammil

    Is this a good book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Interesting Autobiography

    Well written. Easy, quick read.

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    Posted November 24, 2011

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