Hate Mail from Cheerleaders: And Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly

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Time Home Entertainment, Incorporated, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Soon after best-selling author Rick Reilly started writing a weekly back-page column for Sports Illustrated, he tackled the subject of cheerleading. Reilly wrote: " I don't hate cheerleading just because it's as safe as porcupine juggling. I hate it because it's dumb. Cheerleaders have no more impact on the game than the night janitorial staff. Exactly what does a girl get out of cheerleading, anyway, besides a circle skirt and a tight sweater? " These sentiments didn't exactly endear him to the pom-pom set, who went after the 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year with a vicious letter-writing campaign. That's the story behind the title of Reilly's latest collection of columns, Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, now releasing as a paperback. Having handpicked 100 of his favorite pieces from the last seven years, Reilly revisits his subjects by adding postscripts to his work. It's obvious why the book's first release as a hardcover in the spring of 2007 reached the New York Times bestseller list for eight consecutive weeks: this collection brings together the best work by the best columnist in the business.

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Rick Reilly's a great writer, and this showcases why - Goodreads
I really, really enjoy Reilly's writing. - Goodreads
He is a great sports writer. - Goodreads
Reilly brings humanity to sport writing. - Goodreads
I enjoy Rick's writing style. - Goodreads
As a student of writing I loved this book. - Goodreads

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I had just recently started to read more of Reilly's work and I was intrigued about this book. It had his 100 greatest back page stories. I fell in love with the book and spent my entire 2007 summer ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carrie - Goodreads

Love me some Rick Reilly. He's hilarious, insightful, honest and heart warming all on the same page. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Rick Reilly is the author of Sports Illustrated's "Life or Reilly," a weekly column. He has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year six times and won the New York Newspaper Guild's Page One Award for best magazine story. He has written several books, including the best-selling autobiography of the Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; his most recent book is The Life of Reilly.

Lance Armstrong is a seven-time winner of the Tour de France and fulltime cancer fighter. He oversees the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients around the world with managing and surviving the disease. He won the first of his record-setting seven Tour de France wins after surviving a nearly fatal bout with testicular cancer. In 2008, he was named one of "Time "magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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