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People Who Sweat: My Middle-Aged Adventures among Tree Climbers, Mall Walkers, Surfing Housewives, and Other Unlikely Athletes [Paperback]

Robin Chotzinoff

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Book Description

July 11 2000
From weekend warriors to the professional arena, we are a nation obsessed with sports. But what makes an ordinary person an athlete? Is it skill, or simply devotion? To find out, Robin Chotzinoff hit the road in search of people who sweat. Consider the triathalon runner known as "Little Fat Boy," he is world-famous because of his size and his consistency: he's always dead last. Or one political snowboarding champion who founded a snowboard camp for girls only. And many more inspiring "athletes": mall walkers and tree climbers and gym teachers, cancer patients and people who exercise to fill their "God-shaped void." And Robin Chotzinoff herself, after years of "terminal physical mediocrity," finds that it is possible to be athletic without being a good athlete. In the course of her travels she discovers what these people have known all along: that giving your body a chance to exult-whether by hanging ten with geriatric surfers or straining to finish an ultramarathon-is what sport is all about.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 11 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156011700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156011709
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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Praise for People With Dirty Hands “Chotzinoff gathers a delightful gallery of men and women devoted to the promise of the earth. While she obviously shares their devotion . . . she also manages to plumb the roots of this magnificent obsession."-People “This woman absolutely has a gift for making people, even readers, feel relaxed and at home."-Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Robin Chotzinoff is a staff writer for Denver's alternative newspaper, Westword, has written for the New Republic and Outside, and is the author of People with Dirty Hands. She has won numerous writing prizes and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives with her husband and two daughters in a log cabin outside Denver.

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