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The Sportscaster's Daughter: A Memoir

The Sportscaster's Daughter: A Memoir

by Cindi Michael


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One of the 20 Best Books of 2016, Redbook Magazine

Readers’ Favorite Award: Honorable Mention

Millions of people watched sportscaster George Michael each week on the Sports Machine, including his daughter Cindi. Cindi Michael appears to live a charmed life: she’s happily married, has a successful career, and is a loving mom to two wonderful children. Yet she longs for a father who hasn’t spoken to her in twenty years, and even secretly watches him on TV when the longing becomes unbearable.

When Cindi was eleven, her father fought for sole custody of her and her siblings, raising three children on his own despite being a bachelor and rock ’n’ roll DJ in New York in the 1970s. But with his rising fame as the host of the popular show Sports Machine, his 80-hour-a-week work schedule, and his second marriage, the close relationship Cindi shared with her father began to crack; she did everything to earn his love and attention, but for perfectionist George, it was never enough—and when she was eighteen and a freshman in college, in a burst of anger he told her never to come home again. As the years went on, Cindi struggled to steel her heart while still remaining hopeful that they would one day reconcile, just as her father did with his own dad, and transcend painful family patterns that span generations. Candid, moving, and ultimately hopeful, The Sportscaster’s Daughter is a family story of forgiveness, faith, and strength.

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ISBN-13: 9781631521072
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

After moving from Maryland to Switzerland to Texas to Michigan, Cindi Michael now lives in rural New Jersey, not far from where she spent the golden years of her childhood. She’s happily married to an Englishman and is a die-hard football and swim team mom. Her day job as a technology and big data expert takes her to clients around the world, and she is the author of five business and technology books. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Rice University. She has won two creative writing awards for her short stories.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Digging for Baby Clams 1

Chapter 2 Through the Windshield 12

Chapter 3 Whispers in the Night 18

Chapter 4 Worlds Apart 25

Chapter 5 Escape 42

Chapter 6 Our Golden Years 48

Chapter 7 A Perfect Bride 62

Chapter 8 The Family Reunion 67

Chapter 9 The Richest Christmas 72

Chapter 10 The Sportscaster's Daughter 86

Chapter 11 First Love 97

Chapter 12 A Fall from Grace 111

Chapter 13 My Fight to Survive 135

Chapter 14 Broken Hearts 144

Chapter 15 Dying 158

Chapter 16 Tip Toeing Perfectly 172

Chapter 17 Spilt Sugar 191

Chapter 18 Engaged 201

Chapter 19 Fairy Tales 206

Chapter 20 Dumb Foreigner 212

Chapter 21 Breaking Up and Out 220

Chapter 22 Love, Finally 234

Chapter 23 Repeating the Cycle 243

Chapter 24 The Letter 251

Chapter 25 Going Home 264

Chapter 26 Christmas Eve 271

Chapter 27 A Journey 280

Chapter 28 Letting Go 289

Epilogue 294

Acknowledgments 296

About the Author 298

Reading Group Questions 299


-Leverage Cindi Michael’s father (George Michael) and his status as a public figure in the sports industry.
-Reach out to national media and the many outlets who worked with George Michael and regional media in their hometown of New York City and the many places Cindi moved to: Maryland, Switzerland, Texas, Michigan, and New Jersey.
-Utilize sports, women, and family interest media to cover the variety of topics throughout the memoir.

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