The Gloves Come Off

The Gloves Come Off

by Lisa Petrocelli


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Have you ever wondered about the biker you see riding through town, the one suited up with black leather, or the one with the colorful patches on his vest? What drives these men to love life on two wheels? Why is riding a motorcycle so vital to their happiness and what lies beneath the smiles of contentment as they savor the warm wind in their hair?

Come along for a ride and discover what sets these men apart from each other, and what binds them together in the fascinating world of the American Biker Culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593307691
Publisher: Aventine Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

What People are Saying About This

Bill Hayes

A good writer doesn't just go out and do research on the biker world or start right out asking a bunch of questions. No. It doesn't work like that. Not here. You need to talk to people; get to know them. Show respect. Lisa Petrocelli has done just that in The Gloves Come Off. It's a great and intimate portrait of the best lifestyle there is!

Bill Hayes author of The Original Wild Ones, American Biker, and The One-Percenter Encyclopedia.
—Bill Hayes (National Press & Publicity Officer, Boozefighters MC)

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The Gloves Come Off 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done. Easy to read. Sheds light where many see dark. You may be surprised at the values these guys hold dear. Be prepared to let go of the stereotype!
Emi123 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Lisa lets you in on the biker life style from the inside out. I enjoyed getting to know the men in her book as she separated the “man from the myth.” These men are strong in there brotherhood but still take the time to help others and deal with life on life’s terms. I feel like I got to know a great bunch of people in her book in an honest and truthful way! She tells it like it is! So glad to see a book about bikers written from a woman’s point of view. I recommend this book highly. Support is not just a word in the biker community. As a biker of 20 years I can tell you she is honest in her writings and did a wonderful job! Just buy it and you will not be disappointed! Mary Ellen aka Emi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Lisa's book to be exciting and very informative. It depicts the lifestyle of bikers and their world to where you wished you have lived it all your life, Bike sales shall soar after reading it, I could not stop once I started reading it. I suggest to all READ THIS BOOK!!! mo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book.. It is a well written and true look into the world and lives of bikers. It shares what they are all about.
Rhondababy3 More than 1 year ago
My Fav was about Lisa! I could understand everything she wrote about as far as being friends with so many clubs . They are my family! Great job Lisa!
SportyGal883C More than 1 year ago
When people ask me to explain the biker lifestye, I no longer have to say,"If I have to explain you wouldn't understand!" Now all I have to say is read "The Gloves Come Off" by Lisa Petrocelli!!!! She really put her heart into this book, and the book really gets to your heart! She definitely did her homework and has some really great informative history to go along with the rest of the descriptive biker lifestyle!!! If you honestly want to know about the life of a biker this is a must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an aweome book - I would highly recommend this to all bikers but mostly to the non bikers - just to get a feel of who we are. The people she interviewed in this book are just amazing , their lifes, inspiration - but especially a bond of brotherhood. Not only did they open up - but Lisa as well - the jounrey she has taken in such a short time, the friendships and commitments. Great Job !!!!
Big-Bob-O More than 1 year ago
The Gloves Come Off allows the reader an intimate, insider's perspective of the lives and passions of fifteen well known and respected members of the biker community primarily in and around upstate NY. The book is written in a captivating and easy reading style, interlacing each of the subject's open and honest responses to 20 varied questions with segments of biker history, culture, lore and personal observations. Lisa's ability to obtain and pen their open and honest responses comes from her spending years learning about, befriending and eventually being accepted, trusted, loved and respected by various members of a number of the MC's. Once I started to read The Gloves Come Off, I found it difficult to put it down until I finished it - in part because I am friends with a couple of the bikers who's lives were opened up for us to see - but also because it is a good, honest and sometimes raw look into the sides of bikers lives that are rarely displayed - their pains, fears, passions, loves, challenges, successes and failures. Well done Lisa, Well done. Love and Respect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“In her new book, The Gloves Come Off, Lisa Petrocelli takes readers behind the secretive curtain of the biker lifestyle to discover that the American biker is much more than the bad boy image portrayed in films, on TV and in books and newspaper articles. The book offers fifteen road-worthy biographies showing a true cross-section of the motorcycle riding population, from the hardcore Leatherneck, the original Boozefighter, and the one-percenter patch holder, to the biker as caring father, loving husband, and true brother. As one lifelong biker tells us, “Its not just what I do, it’s who I am.” Many books have tried to give readers an idea of what it is like to live, eat and breathe motorcycles, but The Gloves Come Off really delivers. These bikerographies come straight from the heart and that heart beats to the thunderous rhythm of a Harley-Davidson.” ---Dave Nichols, Editor Easyriders & V-Twin Magazine, Paisano Publications, LLC
MamaSheila More than 1 year ago
WOW wonderful book, I laughed, I cried, trying to figure out my favorite part but the entire book was wondrful, the insights and extra tidbits make me want to know more, everyone should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Petrocelli did a fantastic job writing this book! I couldn't put it down! When she wrote about the trips she took with her husband, I felt like I was there. When she talked about the friendships among bikers, I related. I admired her honesty when she wrote about discrimination towards bikers. I liked how she chose such a diverse group of men to interview which made the book so interesting. I hope she writes more and more. I can't wait until her next book. This one is the best I have ever read!