In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court

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Hailed by ESPN as the world’s most famous female basketball player, Brittney Griner, the dunking phenom and national sensation who is shattering stereotypes and breaking boundaries, now shares her coming-of-age story, revealing how she found her strength to overcome bullies and to embrace her authentic self.

Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, is a once-in-a-generation player, possessing a combination of size and athleticism never before seen in the women’s ...

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Overview

Hailed by ESPN as the world’s most famous female basketball player, Brittney Griner, the dunking phenom and national sensation who is shattering stereotypes and breaking boundaries, now shares her coming-of-age story, revealing how she found her strength to overcome bullies and to embrace her authentic self.

Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, is a once-in-a-generation player, possessing a combination of size and athleticism never before seen in the women’s game. But “the sport’s most transformative figure” (Sports Illustrated) is equally famous for making headlines off the court, for speaking out on issues of gender, sexuality, body image and self-esteem.

At 6’8”, with an 88-inch wingspan and a size 17 shoe (men’s), the Phoenix Mercury star has heard every vicious insult in the book, enduring years of taunting that began in middle school and continues to this day. Through the highs and lows, Griner has learned to remain true to herself, rising above the haters trying to take her down.

In her heartfelt memoir, she reflects on painful episodes in her life and describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique—inspiring lessons she now shares. Filled with all the humor and personality Griner has become known for, In My Skin is more than a glimpse into one of the most original personalities in sports; it’s also a powerful call to readers to be true to themselves, to love who they are on the inside and out.

With a 8 pages of photos.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Jeré Longman
…a painful, searing and ultimately liberating memoir…
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-30
The growing pains of a gay student athlete. With Hovey, Griner, the three-time All-American and No. 1 selection in the 2013 WNBA draft, writes a coming-of-age memoir about her struggle to live authentically. A bullied and despondent junior high school student in Houston, Texas, she wished away her height (she grew to 6 feet 8 inches tall), strength and tenacity, the traits that would soon make her a basketball phenomenon. Griner's adolescent voice is earnest, as when she writes that she didn't tell her parents the cruelties she endured "because my mom would get sad and my dad would get mad." She excelled at basketball in high school (a video of her dunking went viral), and her growing confidence gave her a sense of purpose; however, her misery continued when her overbearing father kicked her out of the house for being gay. Though colleges across the country heavily recruited her, she hastily chose Baylor University for its strong basketball program and close proximity to her ailing mother. However, given Baylor's ethical stance against homosexuality, some readers may question how an out lesbian could fail to do her due diligence and arrive on campus unaware of this policy. Griner resented head coach Kim Mulkey's insistence that she hide her sexuality, and despite leading her team to a national championship in her junior year, she continued to feel "a growing sense that who I am…needed to be hidden away in order for me to survive my time at Baylor." This revelation will not come as a shock. Since leaving Baylor, Griner has become an advocate for LGBTQ youth, assuring them that "the rewards of being authentic far outweigh the risks." Though averagely written, Griner delivers an important message, particularly for young adults, about embracing your uniqueness.
New York Times Book Review
“[A] searing and ultimately liberating memoir.”
USA Today
“[A] heartfelt memoir.”
Boston Globe
“A frank account of one strong woman’s education.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062309334
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 163,128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brittney Griner was a three-time All-American at Baylor University, where she scored 3,283 career points (No. 2 in Division 1 women's history) and blocked 748 shots (No. 1 all-time), while earning national Player of the Year honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sue Hovey is a former vice president and executive editor at ESPN. She spent fourteen years with ESPN The Magazine, and is now an independent writer and editor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    Wonderful storytelling! Well worth the read. Thank you for shari

    Wonderful storytelling! Well worth the read. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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