The Boxer's Heart: A Woman Fighting

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One woman moves to New York and falls in love . . . with a violent sport.

Published to coincide with the first Olympic event for women's boxing, The Boxer's Heart is a brilliantly candid memoir of the world of women's boxing, now updated and with a new afterword. Written in raw and vivid style, it tells the story of how a young every-woman moves to New York City to write and, through struggles and disappointments in her personal life, rises through the ranks at the famed ...

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Overview

One woman moves to New York and falls in love . . . with a violent sport.

Published to coincide with the first Olympic event for women's boxing, The Boxer's Heart is a brilliantly candid memoir of the world of women's boxing, now updated and with a new afterword. Written in raw and vivid style, it tells the story of how a young every-woman moves to New York City to write and, through struggles and disappointments in her personal life, rises through the ranks at the famed Gleason's gym to box professionally. Sekules's account unfolds with the pace and depth of a great novel, crammed with larger-than-life characters and piercing observations. any woman who has grappled with anger and trust in her relationships, been nagged by insecurity at the gym, or wondered what it feels like to throw a punch will identify with this witty and honest account of the "sweet science of bruising."

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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
It's a knockout, folks . . . The Boxer's Heart is a winner, on all cards.
Oprah.com
What is most captivating about Sekules' love letter to boxing is how she reconciles the feminine proclivity for tenderness and nurturing with their simultaneous ability to knock one another out, to unleash fury in a controlled and respectful way.
New York Times Book Review
Sekules . . . is appealingly self-aware . . . [and] gives us a sense of women's boxing as a thriving movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590208113
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,119,740
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Sekules recently founded Refashioner, a marketplace for pre-owned couture. She was editor in chief of Culture + Travel, travel editor of Food & Wine, consulting editor-in-chief at Conde Nast Digital (Concierge, Gourmet Live), and has written for The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Interior Design, Town & Country, The New Yorker, New York, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and O, among others.

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Table of Contents

Prefight 1

1 How Did I Get Here? 11

2 From A to B (Aerobics to Boxing) 25

3 Here We Are Now 39

4 Let Her Come Forward 63

5 The Punch That Counts 86

6 I Spar How You Spar 105

7 I Am a Contender 125

8 Fight Time 146

9 Big Belts 170

10 My Heart 194

Postfight 224

Afterword 231

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