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The Resource State : a team, a triumph, a transformation, Melissa Isaacson

State : a team, a triumph, a transformation, Melissa Isaacson

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State : a team, a triumph, a transformation
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State
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a team, a triumph, a transformation
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Melissa Isaacson
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  • Isaacson, sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and ESPN, overpromises and underdelivers in this lackluster coming-of-age account of her time on her suburban high school’s basketball team. Isaacson recounts her trials and tribulations with the Niles West High School girls’ basketball squad in 1975—three years after Title IX became law. Her telling feels vague and spotty, especially when quoting dialogue from decades earlier; and too often the details she includes—letters, poems, cheers, and team songs using the tune of 1970s sitcom theme songs—do little to elevate the narrative. In Isaacson’s senior year in 1979, Niles West had a great run, culminating with the state championship win, yet her recap of the season and key plays of that final game lacks intensity. Despite her statement that this book is “evidence of what sports gave to us, of what basketball specifically did 40 years ago to shape our lives today,” she relegates the post–high school experiences of her teammates and herself to a short epilogue. This is a missed opportunity on what could have been a great personal history of the affects of Title IX had on female sports. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/24/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 25, p)
  • The unknown story of a high school girls' basketball team in "a monumental place in our nation's history." Sportswriter Isaacson (Journalism/Northwestern Univ.; Transition Game: An Inside Look at Life With the Chicago Bulls, 1994), who has worked for ESPN and the Chicago Tribune, mixes her personal experience on Illinois' 1979 state championship team with a chronicle of the implementation of Title IX, which "prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving...federal financial aid." The author attended Niles West High School, which had no tradition of female interscholastic sports when she entered. The female teacher who agreed to coach the nascent girls' basketball team knew almost nothing about the game, so she listened carefully week after week as the male coach of the boys' team tutored her. Isaacson and most of her teammates came to idolize their coach, and they respected the boys' coach, too, for his patient role. This coming-of-age memoir, informed by a larger social history, alternates among biographical profiles of the coaches, the author's basketball-playing classmates ("after the passage of Title IX, tennis and badminton were clearly not enough"), parents and siblings of the students, and school administrators. As the narrative progresses and the girls turn into a winning team, Isaacson provides detailed accounts of the frequent victories and occasional losses, sections that may not interest nonfans. An irony of the narrative is that the much-loved female coach departed the high school for personal reasons after inspiring the girls for three seasons, and her replacement was a male teacher/coach. Under his guidance, the girls' team won the state championship during Isaacson's senior year despite numerous rocky moments caused by the coach's awkwardness in dealing with teenage girls. By her senior year, Isaacson no longer played a key role on the team, but she learned how to adjust and take significant joy in the success of the team. An intimate, at times inspiring account. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
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contains biographical information
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10802030
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Isaacson, Melissa
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796.323/62097731
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no index present
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GV886
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.I73 2019
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non fiction
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  • Isaacson, Melissa
  • Niles West High School (Skokie, Ill.)
  • Basketball for girls
  • Sex discrimination in sports
  • United States.
  • Women basketball players
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a team, a triumph, a transformation
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State : a team, a triumph, a transformation, Melissa Isaacson
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23 cm
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First edition.
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xvii, 301 pages
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9781572842663
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2019003382
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State : a team, a triumph, a transformation, Melissa Isaacson
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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2019003382
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23 cm
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First edition.
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xvii, 301 pages
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9781572842663
Lccn
2019003382
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1083458577

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