Author: Emanuela Maccarani, Ilaria Brugnotti
Publisher: Baldini & Castoldi
Questa squadra non è una semplice biografia, né tantomeno un racconto. È un’espressione verbale. «Questa squadra»: così Emanuela definisce le ragazze che si sono avvicendate nel corso degli anni nella rosa della Nazionale. Questa squadra che ha vinto, fino a oggi, 132 medaglie, fra cui tre titoli mondiali e due medaglie olimpiche. E che continua a inseguire, su quella pedana, i propri sogni. Un giorno, nell’estate del 2010, le ho detto, quasi per scherzo: «Manu, perché non scriviamo la tua storia e quella di queste ragazze?» Ricordo ancora l’espressione del volto e la sua risposta: «Se te la senti...» Sì, me la sono sentita. Così ci siamo trovate, per mesi, sedute una di fronte all’altra, con il registratore acceso, a incidere aneddoti, episodi, ricordi, e non solo quelli belli, emozioni... Ho raccolto tutto in questo libro, che, partendo dal primo titolo iridato, ripercorre la storia di Emanuela e delle Farfalle. Lei che, con le sue forze, è arrivata in cima al mondo, scrivendo il capitolo più importante della storia della ginnastica ritmica italiana. Ma non solo: anche la metamorfosi delle Farfalle, diventate Leonesse. Pronte ad affrontare l’arena.
Beth and Anna are in complete despair. They'd planned to spend their fifteenth year transforming themselves from mediocre mates to gorgeous goddesses. But when they notice that their sixteenth birthdays are rapidly approaching, they realize that they're running a bit behind schedule. So the girls make a list of the ten things they think they need to do to be more popular and beautiful. But from homemade hair extensions to bad fake tans, it's just one catastrophe after another. And to make matters worse, it seems like the two hottest guys in school are always watching!! Not only are they far from being the sixteen-year-old goddesses they set out to become, but it looks like love is off the agenda too. Or is it?...
Author: Trish Cook
A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING BELLA THORNE! A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and one nearly perfect summer - perfect for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and Love, Simon. Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going. Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance. As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.
'An indescribable, aching, futile longing for myself' The young Danish aristocrat Malte Laurids Brigge has been left rootless by the early death of his parents. Now living in Paris, Malte begins to record his life in a series of loosely connected notes, diary entries, prose poems, parables and stories, ostensibly collected by a fictional editor to form the Notebooks. Focusing on Malte's observations and experiences in the present, recollections of his childhood and family, and his reflections on historical events, these notes in highly crafted poetic prose explore the themes of life in the metropolis, poverty, sickness and death, love, memory and time, and perception and language. The only extended prose work by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is a landmark in the development of the twentieth-century novel. It marks a radical departure from nineteenth-century realism, transcending conventions of linear narrative to reflect a consciousness in crisis, and an archetypal confrontation with the modern. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Author: Shawn Johnson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
American gymnast Shawn Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist; a national--and world--champion athlete and a winner on the popular "Dancing with the Stars." This is the amazing true journey of how this young Olympian has found balance in her life.
Author: Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud
Publisher: Green Integer Books
Here together in one volume is the strange and evocative 'Pompeiian Fancy' by German author Wilhelm Jensen and one of the major texts of psychoanalysis in Freud's oeuvre, discussing the role of delusion and dream in Jensen's work. Freud's analysis is at the same time a brilliant literary interpretation of a symbolic work and a statement of the importance of literature on his own thinking and the world of scientific stduy.
If there were such a thing as an "elder" stateswoman in women's gymnastics today, Nadia Comaneci would win that title as readily as she once won gold medals. Olga Korbut came before her, and many other medalists would follow, but none has ever been as dominant in winning the hearts of millions around the world. With grit and determination, Nadia Comaneci ushered in a new era for women's sports, one where young girls could vault into the arena of superstardom. Even today, almost thirty years after her greatest triumphs, you need only mention the name "Nadia" and gymnastics fans know instantly whom you are talking about.In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection and become the best. With inspiring and dramatic stories from her own experience, she tells us how the young girl that Bela Karolyi discovered in a Romanian elementary school found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age. This collection of Nadia's memories, anecdotes, and advice grants unique insights into the mind of a top competitor. From how to live after you've realized your dream, to the necessity of "a spirit forged with mettle," Nadia's thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye-opening and surprisingly challenging.
Author: Herbert Spencer
Author: Aly Raisman
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
The New York Times bestseller! Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games--and beyond. Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a "mommy & me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams. Aly's road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she'd never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games--through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between. Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.
Coaching Youth Gymnastics is an invaluable resource for both new coaches and also for more experienced teachers. Those who train coaches will also find much of value in the book. The various disciplines of gymnastics are explained, together with how they fit into the framework of international gymnastic competition, and the author discusses various coaching styles and how they might best be applied in different circumstances. Topics covered in this new book include the role of the coach; sports psychology; floor exercise skills; coaching use of apparatus and preparing for competition. Fully illustrated with 21 colour photographs and 200 diagrams.
Mirrors in the Brain
Author: Giacomo Rizzolatti, Corrado Sinigaglia
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
When we witness a great actor, musician, or sportsperson performing, we share something of their experience. It become clear just how this sharing of experience is realised within the human brain. This text provides an accessible overview of mirror neurons, written by the man who first discovered them.
Author: Art Chansky
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest. Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee. Dispelling many myths that surround this period, Chansky nevertheless offers an ultimately triumphant portrait of a student-athlete and coach who ensured the University of North Carolina would never be the same.
"A tavola non si invecchia." Or, "At the table with good friends and family you do not become old." Let's Cook Italian, by chef Anna Prandoni, is a fun, interactive, bilingual cookbook for families that introduces the art and joy of Italian cooking. It teaches better eating habits and the importance of culture, while providing quality family bonding time. Featuring classic, simple dishes inspired by Italian cuisine, each recipe is shown in both Italian and English and accompanied by charming illustrations. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and hands-on preparation with family activities, dishes include traditional starters, main courses, and desserts. Your child's creativity will be sparked, as will your deeper connection with them. Let's Cook Italian, scritto dalla giornalista Anna Prandoni, e un libro di ricette divertente, interattivo e bilingue per famiglie che ci accompagna alla scoperta dall'autentica cucina italiana di casa. Con piatti classici e semplici inspirati dalla tradizione, ogni ricetta e presentata sia in italiano che in inglese ed e accompagnata da bellissime illustrazioni a collage.Ingredienti freschi, preparazioni semplificate adatte anche ai piccoli di casa, idee per la merenda, Let's Cook Italian e lo strumento ideale per fare di ogni pasto della giornata un momento unico, fin dalla preparazione. La creativita dei vostri figli sara solleticata, e il piacere di stare a tavola comincera fin dalla scelta degli ingredienti e della ricetta da preparare insieme e condividere!
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has costly consequences, both for individuals and society. People are left dependent, are excluded from school, and are less likely to be employed. Worst of all, they risk premature death. SCI is both a public health and human rights challenge. With the right policy responses, it is possible to live, thrive and contribute with SCI anywhere in the world. People with SCI are people with disabilities, and they are entitled to the same human rights and respect as all other people with disabilities. Once a person with SCI has had their immediate health needs met, social and environmental barriers are the main obstacles to successful functioning and inclusion in society. It is essential to ensure that health services, education, transport and employment are available and accessible to people with SCI, alongside other people with disabilities. SCI will always be life-changing, but it need not be a tragedy and it need not be a burden. This report on SCI assembles and summarizes information on SCI, in particular the epidemiology, services, interventions and policies that are relevant, together with the lived experience of people with spinal cord injury across the life course and throughout the world and makes recommendations for actions based on this evidence that are consistent with the aspirations for inclusion and participation as expressed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Flip Side
Author: Shawn Johnson, A.L. Sonnichsen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An elite teenaged gymnast with Olympic dreams finds it hard to train when a irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw her whole world off balance.