Sunday, August 30, 2009

Giveaway! On the Line by Serena Williams

One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career - and marked only the latest exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived.

As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success with the same unflagging spirit. From growing up in the tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the top women's player in the world, Serena has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old.

Her accomplishments have not been without struggle: being derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both on the court and off, she's applied the strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and film. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.




My Review:
The book reads easily beginning from Serena's childhood, through the divorce of her parents, on to the death of her oldest sister, Tundre, until the present day. Statistics are given for all the matches Serena has played and all her opponents, along with who won and who lost. Some play by play is given in the more important games, especially those against her sister, Venice. Many photographs are included in the book.

Unfortunately, Serena uses this forum to promote her religion - Jehovah Witness. She goes on for pages advocating this way of thinking and makes many references to her beliefs.

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The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • Leave your email address in code in your comment Example of email in code: you[at]yourmail[dot]com
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST September 13th and pick the winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from a winner within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.


12 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'd like to give it a try since I like biographies and memoirs. milou2ster(at)gmail.com Thanks for hosting the contest.

Wanda said...

I would just love to be entered in your draw. I enjoy reading so much!
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Stacie said...

Please count me in.

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Marjorie said...

Sounds good, count me in.


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Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Sounds interesting! I always liked biographies.

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janetfaye said...

I would like to enter.

Thanks!

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Denny, Alaska said...

Yes, please enter me in this book giveaway! Thank you.

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jpetroroy said...

This sounds so interesting. Please enter me!

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Rue said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Bingo said...

I'd like to try for this. I enjoy tennis so much and watching these sisters grow up and achieve it all has been amazing. I'd like to read about how they did it.

sarah said...

thank you for the opportunity to learn about and read some awesome books. Sarah
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bermudaonion said...

My copy of the book came today. Thanks again for the great giveaway!