SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR by Althea & Richard Curtis Gibson


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So Much to Live For after . . . Be(ing) Somebody--or so it seemed when Althea Gibson made her first singing album in 1958. The daughter of a South Carolina sharecropper who grew up in Harlem, she was ""the first Negro woman to"" do anything and almost everything in amateur tennis. At her peak she quit because everyone else was cashing in on her amateur status while it cost her to keep it up. Turning pro was out of the question for many reasons and she spent several years ""finding her groove"" after that record was no smash. Golf was always a siren song and now the links are a constant source of challenge and sometimes of more than that. There were a few no's at first (of course the course but not the clubhouse) but she has too much grit to let it trap her and things may be changing. She openly admits to a tremendous need to win and it is noteworthy that she writes before actually capturing any LPGA titles. The Gibson girl sounds good with her conversational swing although sometimes the word jumbles are something (someone?) else.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Putnam