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Game face; what does a female athlete look like? (Sports & Recreation).

GOTTESMAN, Jane & BIDDLE. Geoffrey. Game face; what does a female athlete look like? Random House. 223p. illus. index. c2001. 0-8129-6868-9. $19.95. JSA

Gottesman and Biddle identify the "best" in women's athletics captured in pictorial form by some of the world's best photographers. This winning combination pairs photos of stars, including Marion Jones. Chris Evert, Michelle Akers, Althea Gibson, Amelia Earhart, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mary Lou Retton, Tara Lipinski and Martina Navratilova, with famous photographers and photojournalists such as Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Tina Barney, Lee Friedlander, Justine Kurland, Ruth Orkin, Eve Fowler, Andrea Modica, Charles Harbutt, Robert Mapplethorpe and Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Wells, April Saul, Melissa Farlow and Rick Rickman.

With a foreword by Penny Marshall, director of the women's baseball movie A League of their Own (and self-professed "tomboy"), the authors celebrate women's athletics in their purest form by including anonymous women athletes as well as famous ones, accomplishing great physical and mental feats. Distributed throughout the book are profiles of significant accomplishments in women's athletics, including a profile of a women's football league and an international women's basketball conference. The pictures are symbolic and often tell their own story. A wide variety of sports is included--lacrosse, gymnastics, track, rowing, baseball, football.

A comprehensive index, as well as a timeline of women's athletics from 1827 to 2000 that includes numerous references to landmark events in women's sports history (including the 29th anniversary of the Title IX legislation that required colleges and universities to fund women's athletics at acceptable levels), make Game Face an excellent reference source for school library media centers and public libraries. Tom Adamich, INFOhio Specialist, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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