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"Lucid and wrenching...Forward puts [Wambach's] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor." NPR

"Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves."  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In 

“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.”  Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.

As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.

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Critical Praise

“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open. It’s a candid, moving account of the thrills and toils of achieving greatness-and then sustaining it. I could not put it down, and you will not want it to end.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

“Brave and revealing…more than any athlete I have read about, Wambach is open about the touches and glances and courtships and breakups in her private life.” —George Vecsey

Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves...Abby is deeply honest about her professional and life challenges - and she shows us by example how to overcome problems and live a happier, braver life.” —Sherly Sandberg, Facebook COO and New York Times bestselling author of Lean In

“Abby Wambach is an American hero whose grit and heart has paved the way for the next generation of women and girls.” —Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times bestselling author of Ashley's War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

“Lucid and wrenching...Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.” —NPR

“Inspirational…harrowing.” —The Guardian

“Candid, thoughtful…while the sports stories are included, this is not a book celebrating on-field triumphs: it’s a book about one woman’s journey to put her remarkable talents into context and accept herself.” —Booklist

“Raw, vulnerable and courageous… rarely do professional athletes open that door all the way.” —Curve Magazine

“One of the most accomplished athletes of her generation tells her story with honesty and heart. A relevant choice for any modern sports collection.” —Library Journal

“Required reading” —AFTERELLEN

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062466983
  • ISBN 10: 0062466984
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 09/13/2016
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC3: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women

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