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JOAN RYAN with JAMIE DANTZSCHER at Books Inc. in The Marina

Joan Ryan author photo and Little Girls in Pretty Boxes cover image
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Award-winning journalist Joan Ryan discusses her eye-opening newly updated book, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters. Joan will be in conversation with former USA Olympic gymnast Jamie Dantzscher


Welcome to the world of women's gymnastics and figure skating--the real world that happens away from the cameras, at the training camps and in the private lives of these talented teenage competitors. From starvation diets and debilitating injuries to the brutal tactics of tyrannical gymnastics guru Béla Károlyi, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes portrays the horrors endured by girls at the hands of their coaches and sometimes their own families--and is now updated with a new introduction and foreword that address the sexual abuse scandal perpetrated by USA Gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar. This groundbreaking book shows how a longstanding culture of abuse made young gymnasts perfect targets for a sexual predator, and continues to plead for sanity, safety, and an end to our national obsession: winning at any cost.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA
Event Terms: 
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538747780
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 17th, 2018