What are the best non-fiction books about gymnastics?

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    #1Letters to a Young Gymnast

    Letters to a Young Gymnast
    Letters to a Young Gymnast is a non-fiction autobiography book written by Nadia Comaneci. This sportsbook is first published in 2003 by Basic Books. 

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    Christian Hunter
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I had a huge crush on Nadia Comaneci when I was a kid. She was fine. This book was great to learn about her life and what advice she would give to young gymnast. If I ever have a daughter who wants to be a gymnast I would make her read this book. "
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    #2Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

    Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

    Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters is a non-fiction biography book written by Joan Ryan. It is first published in 1995. 


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    Evelyn Chen
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I liked that when I clicked on the View solution it took me to a site that told me more about the book. I also liked that I could buy the book on the site and it gave different platforms which I could purchase."
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    #3Chalked Up

    Chalked Up

    Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams is a biography book written by Jennifer Sey and published in 2008. 


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    Debra Ryan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Wow. This book really opened my eyes to the damaging world of driven competition. It is uncomfortable and even repulsive in parts, but really hard to put down. Evocative and compelling."
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    #4Landing on My Feet

    Landing on My Feet

    Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams is a non-fiction biography book written by Kerri Strug and John P. Lopez. It is first published in 1997 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. 


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    Amanda Davis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was an incredible look at the life of a gymnast. This young people, in particular Keri, devote their entire lives to the sport. Keri has the drive and passion to continue training through numerous injuries."
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    #5Off Balance

    Off Balance

    Off Balance is a memoir about gymnastics written by Dominique Moceanu. This non-fiction sportsbook is first published in 2012 by Touchstone. 


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    Raymond Douglas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is an excellent non-fiction book."
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    #6Winning Balance

    Winning Balance

    Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams is a non-fiction biography book written by Shawn Johnson. It is published in 2012 by Tyndale Momentum.


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    Kelly Wan
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I'm a big fan of Shawn Johnson after watching the Olympics this year. Her poise and directness comes across in this book. It's an interesting read about a really interesting person who happens to be one of my newest heroes. "
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    #7Mary Lou

    Mary Lou

    Mary Lou: Creating an Olympic Champion is a non-fiction biography book written by Mary Lou Retton. It is first published in 1985 by McGraw-Hill Companies. 


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    Abel Aranda
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "In searching for the best non-fiction books about gymnastics, I stumbled upon "Mary Lou". This book proved to be a slightly boring read. But in exchange, it seemed to provide an accurate account of the life of Mary Lou without any fluff. The book is exciting in its own right if you love gymnastics."
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    #8The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold is a non-fiction biography book written by N.H. Kleinbaum. It is published in 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 


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    Margaret Weber
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Wow. I was interested to read this piece when I came across it because of the horror of the recent revelations out of the gymnastics world. The book is well written but I have to wonder if these kids were giving the author their whole truth? So many previous gymnasts have spoken out that their own experiences were filled with at the very least emotional angst due to pressures from their unforgiving coaches. Reading this book just and looking at the happy faces on the cover makes me wonder if these girls were screaming on the inside. "
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    #9Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs is a historical non-fiction biography written by Brendan Mullen. It is first published in 2002 by Feral House. 


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    Austin Hill
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Never been a big punk guy, but after reading this book I can kinda see the appeal. I wouldn't want to live such a short life, but "half as long, twice as bright" doesn't feel like such a halfassed way of living anymore. I wish Darby coulda stuck around a while longer, but he probably doesn't."
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    #10With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa is a non-fiction war biography book written by Eugene B. Sledge. It is first published in 1981.


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    April Zheng
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book has nothing to do with gymnastics and everything to do with World War II. I enjoy reading books of this nature that has to do with how things were back then and the trials and tribulations that men suffered. We can't quite grasp the way people were mistreated and killed unless you lived through it. You can tell about a persons honesty and compassion that is being told through book form. Great price and great read!"


Best What are the best non-fiction books about gymnastics
1Letters to a Young Gymnast Books 19 Paid
2Little Girls in Pretty BoxesBooks 15 Paid
3Chalked UpBooks 15 Paid
4Landing on My FeetBooks 14 Paid
5Off BalanceBooks 13 Paid
6Winning BalanceBooks 11 Paid
7Mary LouBooks 11 Paid
8The Magnificent SevenBooks 10 Paid
9Lexicon DevilBooks 0 Paid
10With the Old BreedBooks 0 Paid

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