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“[A] searing and ultimately liberating memoir.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[A] heartfelt memoir.” (USA Today)

“A frank account of one strong woman’s education.” (Boston Globe)

“Griner delivers an important message . . . about embracing your uniqueness.” (Kirkus)


Hailed by ESPN as the world's most famous female basketball player, Brittney Griner has been shattering stereotypes and breaking boundaries ever since she burst onto the national scene as a dunking high school phenom. Now, she shares her coming-of-age story, revealing how she found the strength to overcome bullies and to embrace her authentic self.

Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, is a once-in-a-generation player, possessing a combination of size and athleticism never before seen in women's basketball. But the sport's "most transformative figure" (Sports Illustrated) is equally famous for making headlines off the court, for speaking out on issues of gender, sexuality, body image, and self-esteem.

At six foot eight with an eighty-eight-inch wingspan and a size 17 men's shoe, the Phoenix Mercury star and three-time All-American has heard every vicious insult in the book. Bullied for being different, she has endured years of taunting, from middle school to the present day. Through the highs and lows, Brittney has learned to remain true to herself, rising above the haters who try to take her down.

The journey has often been lonely. Feeling uncomfortable in her own skin for much of her adolescence, Brittney struggled with anger, the Achilles heel that often got her into trouble, usually with her fists. Her transformation began when she discovered basketball in high school. "The court has almost always been a safe place for me, a space where I can rejuvenate myself," she says. "It has always been the one place I feel free."

In this heartfelt memoir, Brittney reflects on painful episodes in her life, from the confrontations she dealt with as a kid, to the infamous on-court punch she threw during her freshman season at Baylor University, to the final moments of her college career and the crushing loss to Louisville that ended her dream of back-to-back national championships. Brittney also explores her complicated relationships with two people she loves and respects—her father, Ray, and her coach at Baylor, Kim Mulkey—as well as her mixed feelings about playing for a school that has a policy against homosexuality.

Here, too, are the highs: Brittney's close bonds with her mother, Sandra, and her supportive siblings and friends; her amazing accomplishments at Baylor, including the team's 74-2 record her last two seasons; her adventurous new life as a pro in the WNBA; and her distinct sense of style, exemplified by the tattoos she proudly wears. Throughout the book, Brittney describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique—inspiring lessons she now shares with readers.

Filled with all the humor and personality that Brittney Griner has become known for, In My Skin is more than a glimpse into one of the most original people in sports; it's a powerful call to readers to be true to themselves, to love who they are on the inside and out.

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Getting to know Brittney 16. April 2014
Von C. Lomax - Veröffentlicht auf
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My husband and I had season tickets, all four years Brittney was at Baylor. We introduced all three of our grandchildren to basketball, through the Lady Bears. NO one, we knew, knew she was in so much emotional pain. She gave us so much enjoyment, every time she played.

We continued to watch her play when she played on tv. Even buying an extra sports package to watch her games, on tv. We plan to do the same this summer.

Our family wishes her only the best life has to offer and by telling HER story, she has possibly opened an avenue of communication with other gay children with their family, friends, educators and other members of society.

Baylor and Waco would have been the losers, if Brittney Griner had not played here. Now, they can have had their eyes opened to the pain they caused this talented young woman and will not let this type of prejudice happen again.

Excellent writing.
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Great Read 8. April 2014
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Pre ordered this book and was not able to put it down until I finished it. Seeing your struggle only made me relive some of the hardship I endured growing up trying to discover who I really was. Glad you were able to come to terms with it and okay with being the person you are.
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Excellent read. Couldn't put it down. 25. April 2014
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Everyone has a truth. "In My Skin" is Brittney Griner's truth. She simply shares her story the way she has experienced it thus far. It is a glimpse into the life of a young woman who stands out not just because of her size, but ultimately because of her courage, talent and personality. It is an easy read. A captivating read, that makes the reader feel as if they are stealing a glance at a young girl's diary as stories unfold re. family dynamics and the emotional highs and lows of adolescence. Brittney's story is no different from any young person who is struggling to find acceptance, respect & a sense of self worth. However, HER journey takes place under the glaring lights of the public.
I am a mom, and my daughter attended Baylor University during the time Brittney was a student. I laughed when I read an excerpt about the day Brittney moved on campus her Freshman year. She spoke of how her parents unloaded boxes and possessions, then lingered around as if trying to put off the inevitable final goodbye, while she struggled to contain her excitement at the first taste of parental freedom. That was our family as well. And as a mom, I cringed when I followed the Baylor Lady Bears and watched Brittney get elbowed, grabbed, & have hands shoved in her face, as if her height somehow negated the need to call fouls on opposing players. I admired her focus & restraint, and especially enjoyed her on camera interviews. I've never met her, but she came across as playful, fun and a bit vulnerable. I always felt she represented Baylor well, and still do.
Everybody has a truth. This is Brittney's. This is her life, as experienced through her eyes. It is filled with emotion & humor & honesty. Miss Griner is quick to take responsibility for negative incidents that she could have handled differently, and deeply candid about the emotional pain she has experienced through the actions of others. Her story is interesting & touching & positive. She is much more than Brittney Griner the female-basketball-phenom. She is a beautiful, successful, engaging young woman who despite the criticism of others has learned to be true to herself. I enjoyed her story. I hope her honesty will encourage others to stay positive, push forward, and live their truth.
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This is a fast, entertaining read 14. April 2014
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I'm a fan of Griner on the court, and a huge fan or her willingness to be open about who she is. Brittney is a positive role model and an inspiration to me. I love hearing her story, this time directly from her. I recommend this book to women's basketball fans, to female athletes - gay/straight, young/old, to parents, to coaches, to anyone interested in questions of gender and sexuality. Be warned: once you start reading you will not want to stop until the end.
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Excellent Story! 12. April 2014
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Having watched Brittney Griner play ball I was compelled to read her story. Working in a high school I can say many parts of her story are not unique. Childhood taunts and bullying are scarring many youth today. Ms. Griner's journey to self realization and acceptance is an inspiration to not only LGBT youth, but to all youth.
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