A Kind of Grace

The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete
By Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Electronic Book, 1999)
Grinding poverty... aching personal tragedy... witheringdiscrimination... life-threatening disease... Jackie Joyner-Kersee hasconfronted them all -- and triumphed...

Jackie is known throughout the world as the best female athlete"ever" -- the winner of six Olympic medals, three of them gold; thecurrent world-record holder in the heptathlon (the women's version ofthe male decathlon); the one-time world-record holder in the long jump; and an All-America basketball player. Until now, few have known of thechronic affliction that has nearly killed her three times, or thegrueling sacrifices that have vaulted her to heights never before seen.

She grew up in East St. Louis in a house "little more than wallpaperandsticks." Her parents were poor teenagers when they married. She madeherfirst long-jump pit in her backyard from borrowed playground sand. Oneof her first performances went unrecorded because of the color of herskin. Yet Jackie not only had an innate ability to conquer speed anddistance, but possessed an irrepressible personality and a deep, unshakable love of sport.

As she harnessed her talents, Jackie began an amazing string o

Grinding poverty... aching personal tragedy... witheringdiscrimination... life-threatening disease... Jackie Joyner-Kersee hasconfronted them all -- and triumphed...

Jackie is known throughout the world as the best female athlete"ever" -- the winner of six Olympic medals, three of them gold; thecurrent world-record holder in the heptathlon (the women's version ofthe male decathlon); the one-time world-record holder in the long jump; and an All-America basketball player. Until now, few have known of thechronic affliction that has nearly killed her three times, or thegrueling sacrifices that have vaulted her to heights never before seen.

She grew up in East St. Louis in a house "little more than wallpaperandsticks." Her parents were poor teenagers when they married. She madeherfirst long-jump pit in her backyard from borrowed playground sand. Oneof her first performances went unrecorded because of the color of herskin. Yet Jackie not only had an innate ability to conquer speed anddistance, but possessed an irrepressible personality and a deep, unshakable love of sport.

As she harnessed her talents, Jackie began an amazing string o

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  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $12.99 US/$12.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780759540088
  • On Sale Date: 07/28/1999
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