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Venus And Serena: Serving From The Hip [Paperback]

VENUS WILLIAMS , SERENA WILLIAMS , Hilary Beard


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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for adults as well as young girls! 8 April 2005
By Jenae Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow . . . I can't believe the haters who have weighed in on this book! And nothing in their "reviews" indicate they've even read it!

"Venus and Serena . . ." is a well-written but easy read, doling out lifestyle advice and guidance for young girls and giving insight to the motivations behind decisions made by Venus and Serena. It details why their parents decided to pull them out of certain tours (I was surprised and delighted by the explanations), and how those decisions led to other life decisions.

I bought the book for my 17-year-old daughter, but sat down and read the whole thing. Feeling guilty, I ran out and bought another copy for my daughter. <smile> This is a book that I didn't mind buying twice.

I LOVED their advice on dating, and how girls need to love themselves first. The book is BIG on the importance of self-esteem.

I found "Venus and Serena . . ." to be motivational and insightful, and I highly recommend it.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational and Inspiring! 8 April 2005
By Karen E. Quinones Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not a tennis fan, but you don't have to be to enjoy this book.

While the target audience is teenage girls, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I'm a middle-aged woman!

It's easy to read, full of insight into the lives and motivations of Serena and Venus, and has great advice for teenage girls on dating and other issues important to adolescents. I especially liked their emphasis on the need for self-esteem.

I agree with the reviewer who questioned the so-called reviewers who lambasted the book, since nothing in their "reviews" indicated they've read it!

I think Serena and Venus (and their co-author, Hilary Beard) did a wonderful job, and I encourage anyone with a teenage girl to run out and buy this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teens and fans of Venus and Serena! 29 April 2005
By K. Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After seeing Venus and Serena on the Oprah show, I decided to get this book and I'm glad I did. The book talks about many of their on-court experiences so if you're a fan of Venus and Serena and have followed their careers since the mid 90's, you'll find out fascinating tidbits about their reactions to incidents on the WTA Tour. I also bought a copy for a friend's 11 yr. old daughter so as you can see this book is a great conversation-starter for parents and their daughters. All-around, well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!! 20 July 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the best. It felt so down-to-earth. You feel like you know he williams sisters. I truly disagree with the person who talked about this book being about Jehovah's Witness. They don't encourage reades in any way to become a Jehovahs Witness. This is such a good book, I don't see how anyone could bad-mouth it. I had the good fortune to meet Venus, and I'm not lying i swear, and she is so nice and friendly. She gives off such a good vibe. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT PLEASE!!!!!!!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Shunning Allowed 4 May 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hilary Beard is a Philadelphia journalist who you can trust implicitly, she has a great even voice. Her previous book was the life story of enterpreneur Lisa Price, the woman who came back from financial ruin to found CAROL'S DAUGHTER the great herbal essence success story. Lisa got to meet many celebrities, in fact she knew them before they got big, and her cosmetic prescriptions, learned from her mother and Trinidadian family, helped Erykah Badu and Jada Pinkett among others,

Venus and Serena, who have collaborated with Hilary Beard on her new book, were famous when they were still girls, so their trajectory is somewhat different than that of Lisa Price, who struggled for artistic and commercial validation for many years and told the story in the fabulous SUCCESS NEVER SMELLED SO SWEET. Hilary Beard, who lost her father several years back, was drawn to the Williams sisters partly because of the strong guidance each received from their dad, a bittersweet association for Beard that accounts for some of the strongest writing in this book, SERVING FROM THE HIP. An avid tennis player, Beard knows what she's talking about, and she can help the Williams sisters structure a book and add depth to their insights about their own game.

Whether or not you're a Jehovah's Witness, this book has something for everyone, so don't shun the Williams girls just because their faith is a little bit different than yours! That's what America is all about--or it used to be!
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