Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2009 M03 17 - 288 pages
James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.
In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.
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One Tuesday in September, it was a poker night and gathered around my dining
room table were a bunch of guys I'd known since high school, or earlier: Evan
Paushter, my best friend and the gang's designated wise guy; Matt Daly, another
The scene was typical of that summer, and even though it was a “school night,”
poker chips and good-natured taunts were flying across the room late into the
evening. As usual, we went around and around swapping unwanted cards for
On this Tuesday—just like every other day when zoster ravaged my body—I didn'
t want them to worry, and I didn't want to let those negative thoughts into the
carefree air of the night, so I steadied myself on the table and walked to the
I spent most days alone, while my friends were off at work, and with the silence of
my house around me, I often wondered if my life had been irrevocably altered. It
was only when the nights and weekends rolled around, when my friends and I ...
My father was black and my mother white, and it wasn't always easy. One night,
early in their courtship, they were dining at a restaurant and my father caught
another man staring at them. “I have nice teeth, too,” my father said, grinning
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Well WrittenUser Review - sugarhill203 - Overstock.com
I found the book interesting and easy to read due to the content and good writting. Being a tennis fan I found the book to show the reasons the commentators use very positive words describing James Blake. James his mother and brother are always shown respect when referring to them. Read full review