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Book Club at the Center’s Next Selection-All In by Billie Jean King


All In by Billie Jean King

Registration Date: March 4, 2024
Discussion Date: April 25, 2024 12:00pm-1:00pm
Prior to each discussion, our office holds a random drawing to give away 5 free copies of the upcoming selection. You are encouraged to attend even if you do not have the opportunity to finish the book prior to the discussion. The giveaway winners will be emailed March 18, 2024. Please register for the discussion by March 15, 2024 to be entered into the book club drawing. The registration link will stay open until the day of the discussion.
In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life’s journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career – six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, 20 Wimbledon championships, 39 grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes”. She poignantly recalls the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview from the women’s movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

She describes the myriad challenges she’s hurdled – entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial peril after being outed – on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of 51. And she talks about how her life today remains one of indefatigable service. She offers insights and advice on leadership, business, activism, sports, politics, marriage equality, parenting, sexuality, and love. She shows how living honestly and openly has had a transformative effect on her relationships and happiness. Hers is the story of a pathbreaking feminist, a world-class athlete, and an indomitable spirit whose impact has transcended even her spectacular achievements in sports.