Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees

Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees

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by Jane Heller
     
 

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Two months into the 2007 baseball season, novelist and die-hard Yankee fan Jane Heller, heartsick over her team's poor play, announced her intention to divorce the Bronx Bombers, on grounds of mental cruelty, in the pages of the New York Times. Her words inflamed the passions of sports lovers everywhere, and her piece quickly became the newspaper's most

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Two months into the 2007 baseball season, novelist and die-hard Yankee fan Jane Heller, heartsick over her team's poor play, announced her intention to divorce the Bronx Bombers, on grounds of mental cruelty, in the pages of the New York Times. Her words inflamed the passions of sports lovers everywhere, and her piece quickly became the newspaper's most e-mailed and talked-about article in the week it ran.

Intense reactions from readers forced Heller to look inward and reexamine her feelings about winning and losing. Was she really a "bandwagon fan," as some had branded her? Was she "entitled" and "spoiled"? In search of answers, Heller recruited her husband to join her on a cross-country journey, following her beloved Yankees to every game for the rest of the season. She hoped to score interviews with players along the way, but she was also eager to rejuvenate her marriage and prove she was not a bandwagon wife.

In this witty, observant memoir, Heller ventures into the land of pinstripes, reporting life on the road and putting a female spin on the bond between fan and team. Through interactions with other fans, as well as members of the media covering the Yankees, plus game-by-game analyses, Heller learns personal life lessons about competition, loyalty, and acceptance--and about why baseball, like any truly romantic relationship, requires commitment, patience, and a deep, abiding love.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Enough with the books that write about sports with the assumption that women are outsiders even as fans! Popular chick-lit author Heller (Princess Charming) proves that she's not just a hilarious writer, but a serious and highly informed fan of the Yankees, as she sets out to follow her team, literally, from game to game during the 2007 season. Her perspective lends the book its special character, seasoned with salty language and lots of authentic conversation. Guess which 2007 Yankee took the time to talk with her? For all public libraries.


—Margaret Heilbrun, Gilles Renaud
From the Publisher

“This is a Donna Quixote story about a cynical Yankee fan who spends a season traveling the country going to ball games and who in the end regains the joy, the magic, and the faith in her beloved team. Along the way, Yankee fans will fall in love with ‘the Yankees' number one fan,' Jane Heller.” —Peter Golenbock, author of the New York Times bestsellers Dynasty and The Bronx Zoo

“A book for those of us men who thought women didn't get sports.… A delightful, insightful ride on the Yankee Clipper. ” —James Burrows, Emmy Award–winning director of Cheers and Will & Grace

“Jane Heller knocks it out of the park with Confessions of a She-Fan. In 1978, I discovered the Yankees (mostly I discovered Ron Guidry). I was hooked and have been ever since. My 1-year-old daughter is already in pinstriped onesies. I can understand perfectly the passion of a fellow ‘she-fan.' ” —Kit Golden, producer of the Academy Award–nominated Chocolat

Confessions of a She-Fan is a love story about baseball and a baseball story about love--one of the most unusual and delightful books about a true fan's connection to the game I've ever read. It's impossible to read without smiling out loud!” —David Fisher, coauthor with Terry Bradshaw of the New York Times bestseller It's Only a Game

Confessions of a She-Fan is stream-of-consciousness from someone who's both a passionate Yankee fan and a terrific writer. It's laugh-out-loud funny and it also moves you to tears.” —John Sterling

“Forget A-Rod. The one really suffering a "Single White Female" obsession with the Yankees is chick-lit author Jane Heller. She was so distraught with the losing ways of the 2007 Bombers, she vowed to "divorce the team on grounds of mental cruelty." Instead, she wound up following the Yanks on the road, husband by her side, trying to get insight into her fandom and fans in general. Now, as Heller finds herself competing on the bookshelves with her team's ex-manager, she gives us a couple of reasons why fans should select her book over his: 'I didn't hire someone to write my book for me' and 'Torre's book is deadly serious. Mine has jokes. In this economy, we fans need a laugh.” —Billy Heller, New York Post

author of the New York Times bestsellers Dynasty a Peter Golenbock

This is a Donna Quixote story about a cynical Yankee fan who spends a season traveling the country going to ball games and who in the end regains the joy, the magic, and the faith in her beloved team. Along the way, Yankee fans will fall in love with 'the Yankees' number one fan,' Jane Heller.
Emmy Award–winning director of Cheers and Wi James Burrows

A book for those of us men who thought women didn't get sports.… A delightful, insightful ride on the Yankee Clipper.
producer of the Academy Award–nominated Choc Kit Golden

Jane Heller knocks it out of the park with Confessions of a She-Fan. In 1978, I discovered the Yankees (mostly I discovered Ron Guidry). I was hooked and have been ever since. My 1-year-old daughter is already in pinstriped onesies. I can understand perfectly the passion of a fellow 'she-fan.'
coauthor with Terry Bradshaw of the New York Times David Fisher

Confessions of a She-Fan is a love story about baseball and a baseball story about love--one of the most unusual and delightful books about a true fan's connection to the game I've ever read. It's impossible to read without smiling out loud!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605293653
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,166,352
File size:
469 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Heller, after nearly a decade of promoting writers, launched her own career as a successful novelist. Her comic, breezy tales are now entertaining millions of readers around the world. She is the best-selling author of 13 books including An Ex to Grind, Name Dropping, Female Intelligence, Princess Charming, and Lucky Stars. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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