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A provocative tale of an unlikely contender and her midlife transformation through boxing. “I peered through the Venetian blinds in our den, with its view of the playground next door, and watched mournfully as the popular girls played softball. I wanted to run fast, hit hard, and wear a cute uniform. These girls seemed to know something about life that I didn’t.” When Binnie Klein took up boxing in her mid-fifties, the reaction from friends and acquaintances was always the same: “You?” Why, after all, would a middle-aged Jewish psychotherapist with no previous history of athletics take up boxing? In Blows to the Head, Klein offers a provocative tale of an unlikely contender, her midlife transformation through boxing, and how this endeavor takes her beyond the boxing ring and leads her back to her family and her roots. With astonishing candor and wit, she reveals a series of memories and insights that would never have been possible if she hadn’t noticed a pair of boxing gloves during a physical therapy session. In a story that will captivate and inspire women and men, athletes and non-athletes, Klein shows us that if we turn over the “weird stones” we may find ourselves on an unexpected journey that will summon vitality back into our lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. blows to the head
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  1. contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. prologue
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. a dirty sport
  2. pp. 5-12
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  1. 2. women
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 3. vos is dos?
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 4. take me on
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 5. love me, love my cigar
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. 6. a joy to be hidden
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. 7. an endless scream
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. 8. requiem for a heavyweight
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. 9. risks
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. 10. siblings
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 11. john calls the fight
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. 12. making contact and collective rage
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. 13. mind over matter
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. 14. namesake
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. 15. combat
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. 16. pain and violent zen
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. 17. annie oakley’s anxieties
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. 18. still a man’s world
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. 19. let my people box
  2. pp. 173-180
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  1. 20. poet laureate of plainview
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. coda
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. acknowledgments
  2. pp. 195-197
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438430034
Related ISBN
9781438430010
MARC Record
OCLC
560600210
Pages
206
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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