Friday, June 29, 2012

The Best Gymnastics Book I've Ever Read...

"Which of the following is a famous Jewish gymnast-- Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, or Dvora Meyers?" 

Cover art by Margarita Korol 
Thus begins the story of Dvora Meyers.

While Meyers was never an Olympian, abused by Bela Karolyi or persecuted by tabloids, her story isn't a dull one. Her refreshingly unsensationalized look into gymnastics, as both a fan and an athlete is unique in its brutal honesty. Frankly, Heresy on the High Beam: Confessions of an Unbalanced Jewess is like you're spending an afternoon having coffee with your really interesting friend.

Essentially, the book is a classic coming of age love story, where the love interest is gymnastics. From Bat Mitzvahs to beam routines, Meyers' maturation & affection in the sport will likely be one you recognize in yourself.

I mostly respected that the author viewed her challenges as just that: challenges. Although she narrated some of her most personal and pivotal life events, it never felt like a sob story, not even for a minute. That's why it's so captivating, you are able to ride the roller coaster with her; from the young child doing cartwheels in her living room to the young adult desperately longing to discover why she can no longer land that same cartwheel on a high beam.

You can buy Heresy on the High Beam on Amazon and download it directly to your iPad, Kindle or Computer. It really is worth it.

Just because you were a bad gymnast, doesn't make you a bad writer.


  1. I'd love to read it. If she really is a good writer, she should be good enough to get her book actually accepted by a publishing house and put out in print format.
    If that happens, I'll be the first to buy it.

    1. Anon, it's not that easy... do you really think that Shawn & Domi's books would have been published based on content alone?

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