Grip

Grip

by Nina Hamberg
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Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Butterfly-o-Meter_Books More than 1 year ago
God, how I loved this book! I had a feeling I would totally be nuts about it from the first moment I held it in my hands. You know what happened as soon as I saw the cover? I went like and I grinned like some mad woman my whole way home, stealing a read now and then, here and there, and not for a moment letting go of the book from my hands. I knew it right then and there, this was going to be a memorable memoir read. I postponed starting to read it the entire day, for reasons I'm not sure about. I guess I just needed the velvety companionship of night to go into it; and when night came, I began my read. I had this terrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach for the first 40 or so pages, culminating with me crying around page 50. But I didn't take a break, I couldn't, I kept reading like I was possessed. Somewhere around page 150 I felt the need for a breather. My emotions were all over the place, and I was getting tired, and being emotionally drained didn't help much. So I put the book down until morning, when I consumed it with ardor. By the end I was grinning like a mad woman again, and I put the book on my bedside table-thing. I keep glancing at it, reaching over and running my hands over the cover now and then. Reading this book was the most touching experiences of this year for me, and though it was intense, and consuming at one point, I can't wait to do it all over again. It's that kind of book that I know I will read many times, at random times; the kind of book I'd carry around with me, in my bag, my safe exit from whatever bleh situation I might be in. My book savior, infallible. The writing is absolutely fabulous, the characters are complex, and they'll keep you pondering and wondering well after you've read the book. I'm still wondering about Lee, and I'm in awe of David, but most importantly, I'm in endless awe of Nina, of her strength, her courage, and her uncanny ability to include in her life the most intriguing creatures. I loved the pace of the book, the way you're showed how she felt things, how she made me a part of her soul with no pretentious rants or effusive passages. Just incredibly well written emotion and feeling. And just look at that cover!! It's the best cover I've seen in a long, long while. It's incredibly expressive, meaningful, haunting. It's a perfect cover for this book. I wanna have a huge poster of it and hang it in my room, that's how awesome this is. (the only posters I have in my room are of coffee, and that's my first love, alongside my cat, so you can imagine just how into it I am.) I strongly recommend reading this amazing book, and if I could give it a 6 out 5 butterflies, I would - that's how much I loved it. I won't lie, if you're the sort that gets very emotionally invested in your reads, like I do, this will be rather intense, but also incredibly beautiful and somehow liberating.
Author-TameraLawrence More than 1 year ago
A typical girl, Nina Hamberg is caught between two parents who act more like children, then adults and later divorce. To make matters worse, Nina is ignored when she tells of a peeking tom looking through her bedroom window. Even the cops don't take her seriously. So when the stalker breaks in and attacks her, everyone acts surprised, even though the warning signs were already there but discounted. The attack leaves a stain in young Nina's heart as people around her avoid what happened, including her own father. As Nina grows, she tries to come to grips with what happened, but the effect of the attack is ever present. This becomes evident in her personal life as she seeks solace in the arms of abusers and rapists. Nina is petite, seemingly frail. But the gutsy woman trains in karate and faces down college professors and crude classmates to advocate for women's rights. Nina takes on violent youth in a group home, almost being raped in the process. Though life's knocks take their toll on Nina, she is a survivor. In the process Nina will find herself and the peace she longs for. She learns to forgive and in the forgiveness, learns to love herself just as she is. GRIP is a wonderful memoir. Nina Hamberg is as honest as they come. She holds nothing back as she reveals the horrors in her life along with the triumphs. Not only was her book entertaining, but it reveals just how vulnerable human nature can be. I found the book refreshing and wonderfully written. I would highly recommend it and look forward to seeing more works from this wonderful author.
ccourtland More than 1 year ago
I've never thought of myself as a memoir reader, but recently I've received some incredible books that have me rethinking my position. What I've realized is I'm drawn to memoirs with gritty honestly and self derogating humility. No nostalgic self-reflection retelling of events for me, please. What I love about Nina Hamberg's, Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions is, like others have suggested, this memoir reads like a fiction novel. Although I'm certain there are many other parts to Nina's life, she takes a string of habits and events and pulls the narrative along without splintering or leaving the story dangling. This is real-life, but there is a clear thematic plot full of grainy flaws, sharp wit and humility that are psychologically fascinating without the extra scoop of self-help blah that I think usually turns me off to memoirs. Personally, I've always considered myself a feminist, but truthfully never related to the stereotypical female associated with this label. What I found in Grip is another female (feminist) character that despite generation, geography and age, I can identify with in a meaningful and relevant way. Strength is not the absence of vulnerability and feeling safe takes more than just a self-defense class. Despite her feminist views, Nina finds herself still in the grip of her own sexuality -- whether it is to use it to her advantage or disadvantage. This isn't just a book for women. Nina is fair in her portrayal of men and I think raises the question, "Whenever either gender feels threatened (whether emotionally or physically), what defense mechanism do we tend to resort to?" It's difficult to deny being creatures of habit and realizing the common default factors we chose to take. In the end, I don't care if this is a true story or not, because it is simply a very good read that I'd recommend. And, if you think you're not a 'memoir' reader like I once did, I'd wager this book would happily surprise you, so give it a try.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I am not usually much into memoir genre but I must admit I really enjoyed this book.This memoir reads like a fiction novel so that is the reason why I really enjoyed this and was not bored. This book is very well written and this is a great memoir . If you love memoirs or even if you are like me who usually get bored reading memoirs then you might like this book.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
GRIP....the perfect title for this beautifully and very well-written memoir. The intense situations also add meaning and clarification to the title. Nina Hamburg allows you into her life letting you feel her desires, her trepidation, her decisions, and her retrospect. You will follow her through all the good and bad of her life feeling her pain and wondering what you would do in similar circumstances. The intensity of the novel will keep your interest, and you will respect Nina for her resiliency and strength. It is a powerful story of a life spent looking for love. She had to look hard for love and usually found it, but the love she found was usually a struggle. The day of her wedding to Lee seemed to be the time she did find love...her wedding and her vows were very touching and beautiful, but that didn't last long. I admire Nina for her strength and her determination at finding love and releasing the lifetime demons she struggled with. I also admire her for her commitment to David and the happiness they share. I enjoyed the book......the writing was absolutely phenomenal even though the subject matter was quite intense. 4/5