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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. Vivian Stringer Narrator: C. Vivian Stringer, Karen Chilto Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Work hard, and don’t look for excuses,” C. Vivian Stringer’s parents told her, “and you can achieve anything.” But her faith and perseverance would be tested many times. A gifted athlete, she had to fight for a place on an all-white cheerleading squad in the 1960s. In 1981, just as her coaching career was taking off, her fourteen-month-old daughter, Nina, was stricken with spinal meningitis. Nina would never walk or talk again. Still grieving, Stringer brought a small, poor, historically black college to the national championships—a triumph hailed as “Hoosiers with an all-female cast.” In 1991, her husband, Bill, fell dead of a sudden heart attack, but that same year, she led yet another young team to the Final Four. Through these dark times and others, Stringer has carried her burdens with grace. Given her history, it was no surprise that she led her team to respond to Don Imus’ slurs with dignity and courage.

Standing Tall is a story of quiet strength in the face of punishing odds. Above all, it is an extraordinary love story—love for the game, for the players she has coached, for her close-knit family, and for the husband she lost far too soon. It will resonate long after the last word.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valarie | 2/16/2014

    " When I started this book, I thought Vivian Stringer deserved a much better ghostwriter...then I couldn't put the book down. The actual writing still leaves a lot to be desired, but Stringer's story is so fascinating, it matters a bit less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharice Richards | 2/9/2014

    " Got up to chap 9 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/6/2014

    " Not the best writing style, but a very inspirational book. She speaks highly of Iowans. :-) Makes me want to watch more Rutgers Women's basketball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by CKE387 | 1/28/2014

    " Stringer's story is heartfelt and endearing. So much to her than basketball, learn about her outside of sports. "

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