In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court

In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court

by Brittney Griner, Sue Hovey

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Overview

Hailed by ESPN as the world’s most famous female basketball player, Brittney Griner, the dunking phenom and national sensation who is shattering stereotypes and breaking boundaries, now shares her coming-of-age story, revealing how she found her 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 the women’s game. 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 6’8”, with an 88-inch wingspan and a size 17 shoe (men’s), the Phoenix Mercury star has heard every vicious insult in the book, enduring years of taunting that began in middle school and continues to this day. Through the highs and lows, Griner has learned to remain true to herself, rising above the haters trying to take her down.

In her heartfelt memoir, she reflects on painful episodes in her life and describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique—inspiring lessons she now shares. Filled with all the humor and personality Griner has become known for, In My Skin is more than a glimpse into one of the most original personalities in sports; it’s also a powerful call to readers to be true to themselves, to love who they are on the inside and out.

With a 8 pages of photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062309358
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 768,094
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brittney Griner was a three-time All-American at Baylor University, where she scored 3,283 career points (No. 2 in Division 1 women's history) and blocked 748 shots (No. 1 all-time), while earning national Player of the Year honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.


Sue Hovey is a former vice president and executive editor at ESPN. She spent fourteen years with ESPN The Magazine, and is now an independent writer and editor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

It's Complicated 3

The Truth About Bacon 13

A Kid Going Nowhere 23

The New Me 39

Hooked on Hoops 47

"Big Girl is Coming to Baylor!" 53

Ray Finds Out 61

Running Free 75

The Punch 85

To the Moon and Back 97

Keep it Behind Closed Doors 101

Too Much Red Berry 117

Unfinished Business 121

Aventures in Longboarding 133

The Face of the Program 143

Hello and Goodbye 157

The Loss to Louisville 171

Two Different Directions 177

Welcome to the Pros 185

A Dog Named Dylan 193

Lessons of a Rookie 203

Epilogue 215

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In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GreenEyedMonster More than 1 year ago
Wonderful storytelling! Well worth the read. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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