By Brittney Griner, Sue Hovey
Hailed by means of ESPN because the world’s most famed girl basketball participant, Brittney Griner, the dunking phenom and nationwide sensation who's shattering stereotypes and breaking barriers, now stocks her coming-of-age tale, revealing how she came across her energy to beat bullies and to include her real self.
Brittney Griner, the No. 1 decide within the 2013 WNBA Draft, is a once-in-a-generation participant, owning a mixture of dimension and athleticism by no means ahead of visible within the women’s video game. yet “the sport’s such a lot transformative determine” (Sports Illustrated) is both recognized for making headlines off the courtroom, for talking out on problems with gender, sexuality, physique photograph and self-esteem.
At 6’8”, with an 88-inch wingspan and a measurement 17 shoe (men’s), the Phoenix Mercury superstar has heard each vicious insult within the booklet, enduring years of taunting that begun in heart tuition and maintains to at the present time. throughout the highs and lows, Griner has realized to stay actual to herself, emerging above the haters attempting to take her down.
In her heartfelt memoir, she displays on painful episodes in her lifestyles and describes how she got here to have a good time what makes her unique—inspiring classes she now stocks. jam-packed with the entire humor and character Griner has develop into identified for, In My Skin is greater than a glimpse into essentially the most unique personalities in activities; it’s additionally a robust name to readers to be actual to themselves, to like who they're at the within and out.
With a eight pages of photos.
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