One Life

Penguin Pr. Nov. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781984881168. $27. SPORTS
During the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Rapinoe took center stage with her electrifying play on the field and her outspoken criticism of the Trump White House. In this debut, coauthored by journalist Brockes, Rapinoe takes readers through the moments in her life that led to her being on the global stage. While there are many details in the book that soccer fans will enjoy (especially her friendship with former U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Jill Ellis), what is most impactful is when she talks about her activism work. In 2016, Rapinoe was one of the first athletes, after Colin Kapernick, to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Here, she details the responses of her family, friends, and teammates. Additionally, she discusses her decision to publicly come out as gay, and address marriage equality. Lastly, the athlete writes about her relationship with WNBA superstar Sue Bird, and the impact she has had on her life and career. Readers who know about Rapinoe’s career will still learn incredible details and will continue to draw inspiration from her story and work.
VERDICT Essential for all readers. Rapinoe shares much wisdom throughout, and her words are a call for action to continue to fight societal inequalities.
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