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Books in Print & Things
Book Launch! July 2022
Women and the Olympic Dream: The Struggle for Equality, 1896-2021 by McFarland Publishing.
Olympic fans are accustomed to watching women compete with as much effort, skill, and success as their male counterparts, but it wasn’t always that way. This 2022 book shows how women had to push to be allowed to compete, sport by sport, and year by year. They weren’t allowed to swim because they had to compete in long skirts. They weren’t allowed to run more than a lap because of rumors that they had all collapsed. The list of restrictions and excuses is long, showing the never-ending set of hurdles women encountered in making their way into the Games. They pushed forward anyway, and the result is a fascinating compilation of individual acts of courage and collective opposition to chauvinistic attitudes.
You never know where your passions may take you. What started as a few blogs about the Olympics back in 2016 has now become three books on the topic. My other two books on the topic include essays that emerged from the blog challenge and a recap of American prowess from the 2016 Games.
The A to Z Olympics: 26 Torch-Worthy Tales & Tidbits.
Th A to Z Olympics started with the 2020 April A to Z blogging challenges, but I took it much further. With expanded material and proper footnotes, this little history covers a potpourri of subjects. Guaranteed to whet fan appetite after a year of Olympic postponement, these essays run the gamut from Archery to Zagunis. From ancient Olympia to the most modern “X Games” sports planned for Tokyo 2020/1.
It’s a smorgasbord of information, whether you’re reminiscing about Tokyo 2020 or looking ahead to Beijing, Paris, Los Angeles, or Brisbane.
Outside the Rio Spotlight
Some of the American heroes who succeeded in Rio continued their winning ways. Wrestlers Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder both picked up seven medals and shot putter Raven Saunders made headlines in Tokyo. Their earlier Olympic experiences are chronicled in my first book about the 2016 Games:
Outside the Rio Spotlight tells the tales of a dozen athletes—record-breakers, notable pioneers, and all-around thrilling competitors—overlooked in the prime-time TV coverage obsessed with sprinters, soccer legacies, and “angry faces.” These are stories of courage and American excellence at its peak, centering on the lesser-known sports like judo, rowing, BMX, and fencing.
Told in the style of 16 Days of Glory, the book details the tournaments for these athletes who compete-–with little funding and even less hype–for the love of their sport and the honor of their country, which is the essence of the Olympics.
These athletes did it whether anyone was watching or not.
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You can also purchase print copies directly from Amazon, as well as being able to purchase and download the eBook from iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.