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Unstoppable
Unstoppable: My Life So Far | Maria Sharapova
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From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivatingand candidstory of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top. In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. Maria Mania was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world. And thenat perhaps the peak of her careerSharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITFs list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for fifteen monthsa frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful. But Sharapovas career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesnt begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only seven hundred dollars and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history. Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapovas is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. She brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped herwith coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished. Sharapovas Unstoppable is a powerful memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to winwhatever the odds.
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GatheringBooks
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#SpringSkies Day 15: This is a good fit for #WomenInSports. Kenneth, one of our GatheringBooks contributors reviews this book here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2019/07/12/poetry-friday-women-in-tennis/

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😍 2mo
Eggs I really loved watching her play👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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LitLoverClare
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Today I finished my 30th book of 2020! I recently started playing tennis recreationally so I was interested in learning about her life and tennis career which was interesting and informative. All tennis players, beginner and pro would enjoy enjoy this book about tennis star Maria Sharapova‘s life and tennis career!🎾 #tennis #mariasharapova

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Morgan7r
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I enjoyed learning about her life growing up playing tennis and how the she dealt with the scandal around using banned products.

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AndjoSant
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I highly recommend listening to the audiobook as Maria narrates her autobiography herself. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially for the tennis goss & Maria‘s very pleasing reading voice. Not sure non-tennis fans would enjoy #sport #tennis #audiobook #mariasharapova #sharapova #meldonium #autobiography #biography

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crissb
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One thing I learned from Andre Agassi's Open is how lonely the pro tennis circuit can be. Unstoppable does nothing to dispel that. Wish there was slightly more about her playing career, but it was well worth the read.

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MarriedtoMrT
Unstoppable: My Life So Far | Maria Sharapova
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Color me surprised! Mr. T ( @crissb ) made his first Litsy post!

He and I tend to have pretty different reading tastes but occasionally we overlap. He listens to a lot of audio and leans more toward nonfiction but has also read the Hunger Games trilogy, Percy Jackson, Ready Player One, Red Rising, Persepolis, and all of Scott Pilgrim.

Happy Litsy-ing, Mr. 😉

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crissb
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My favorite sports book is Open by Andre Agassi. Open this isn't, but it's pretty interesting thus far. Still in her early years. About 30% in. Listening to audio read by Maria.

MarriedtoMrT First post! Congrats. 😉 7y
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MarriedtoMrT
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The other night my husband commented that one of his Overdrive audio holds came in (tagged). I looked over to see him using the old app and clunkily working on downloading. I practically gasped, “You haven‘t downloaded Libby yet!” He hadn‘t and wanted to wait until he‘d downloaded the new book. Absolutely not! I demanded his phone, downloaded Libby, set him up, and gave him a tutorial in about three minutes.

He‘s #marriedtoalibrarian.

SilversReviews I like Libby. 7y
MarriedtoMrT @SilversReviews It‘s different so it takes a minute to get used to when you first start but it is a million times more user-friendly. 7y
Caterina Wait, the old app? I thought Libby must be something different from Overdrive, because it says it doesn't have either of my public libraries? But the Overdrive app works fine. 7y
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MarriedtoMrT @Caterina Hmm. That‘s really weird! It‘s the same and I‘ve heard they‘re phasing out the old one (eventually) but maybe your library has to opt in to Libby? 7y
SilversReviews @MarriedtoMrT I agree it is more user friendly. 7y
Lindy Libby isn‘t available at my library yet. 😐Meanwhile, the old Overdrive app works fine for me. 7y
Caterina Hmm, I will re-download Libby then and check back periodically. Hopefully I'll get access soon! Thanks for the info. 😊 7y
MarriedtoMrT @Lindy Interesting! I really thought (before today) they had universally switched! Good to know. I‘m glad the old app is still working just fine. ( @Caterina ) 7y
SkeletonKey Our library doesn't use it yet either 😭 7y
RadicalReader @MarriedtoMrT nothing wrong with being married to a librarian good for you to be so bookish to pass on the book wielding knowledge! 7y
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