Sum It Up by Pat Head Summitt
A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

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By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”
-NY Times

Synopsis

Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she broke records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
She owed her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She was a role model for the many women she coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.
Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continued to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other--with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.


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About Pat Head Summitt

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PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she has achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She is the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lives in Tennessee with her son, Tyler. SALLY JENKINS is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller It's Not About the Bike. Her other 8 books include The Real All-Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, and The State of Jones. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in New York City.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Crown Archetype. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 21 2013

The master of emotional jousting on the court speaks candidly of life challenges off of it—a must-read for basketball junkies, sport fans and any whose lives have been touched by incurable illness.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Emily Bazelon on May 31 2013

By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Feb 28 2013

...with her trademark honesty and grace, Summitt reveals her fears, her early anger and astonishment, her diminishing abilities, her decision to retire, and how her faith sustains her.

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Lancaster Online

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Reviewed by PAULA WOLF on May 19 2013

...readers get a vivid picture — in the span of Summitt's nearly four decades — of how sports opportunities for women grew exponentially with the passage of Title IX.

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The Capital Times

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Reviewed by JANE BURNS on Apr 10 2013

Sports — men's and women's — may have lost one of its icons on the sidelines, but she's there in the pages of her memoir, telling a story that even she probably finds hard to believe.

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The Huntsville Times

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Reviewed by Kay Campbell on Apr 01 2013

This book is a gift to anyone who reads it. It will, I predict, create an even larger stadium of fans cheering for her in this life-and-death struggle.

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