Armchair BEA is a fantastic blogger event for all of us who are unlucky and missed out on BEA in NYC. If you follow me on twitter, you know I’ve been avoiding it. Too many people are having a fabulous time, and too many people are tweeting pictures of lovely ARCs. But alas! Armchair BEA was invented by some fantastic people, and has been such a blast. I’m so glad I decided to join. If you want to read my other posts, click here!
Today’s topic is non-fiction.
I’ll admit, I’m not a huge non-fiction person. In fact, apart from having to read biographies and historical books depicting a certain event for school, I don’t read it.
So why am I writing today, you may ask? I’m from the south and when the 1996 Olympics came to Atlanta, my 5 year old self could not have been more excited. I was an avid gymnast–as avid as a 5 year old can be–and was DYING to go see the US women’s gymnastics team. We lived in South Carolina at the time and ATL was only 4 hours away. So guess what, WE WENT! [insert elated 5 year old Christine here]
My two favorite gymnasts on the team were Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes. The two Dominiques. Years later when Dominique Moceanu came out with her autobiography, OFF BALANCE: A MEMOIR, I just had to go read it! Even better, it was all about her days leading up to being a member of The Magnificent Seven.
I knew about the controversies and how hard it was to be the youngest member of an Olympic team. I also knew about all the drama surrounding the Karolyi’s. But hearing it coming straight from the mouth of Dominique? It literally catches you off balance. (See what I did there?). It’s raw, it’s emotional, and she leaves no detail out. Want to know how intense it is to reach your dream at such a young age? Dominique tells you straight forward here. Another interesting part of the memoir was discovering that she had another sister–who happened to be a gymnast, too–that her parents never told her about.
If you were obsessed with the ’96 Magnificent Seven, I highly suggest you read this! This is the only non-fiction book I have willingly read, and I absolutely loved it.
Do you read non-fiction? If you do, what are some of your favorites? Let me know!