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Book cover of Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating

Alina Adams Author Of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

From my list on figure skating and it’s scandals.

Why am I passionate about this?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.

Alina's book list on figure skating and it’s scandals

Alina Adams Why did Alina love this book?

Brennan covered multiple different sports before turning her focus to figure skating. She came not as a fan, but as a reporter, which made Inside Edge a grittier and less insular take than usual. Yes, there are some technical and factual mistakes, as well as some wild leaps of logic. But this is the tough love book figure skating - and its fans - needed.

By Christine Brennan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Inside Edge as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Stating that figure skating is as brutal and competitive as any athletic discipline, a reporter examines today's big stars, from Oksana Baiul to Elvis Stojko, and reveals the dark side of the sport. 50,000 first printing. Tour.


Book cover of Ice Castles

Alina Adams Author Of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

From my list on figure skating and it’s scandals.

Why am I passionate about this?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.

Alina's book list on figure skating and it’s scandals

Alina Adams Why did Alina love this book?

The novelization of the 1978 movie (remade in 2010) is howlingly hilarious. The author has no understanding of how skating works - either competitively or, you know, physics. That’s what makes it such compelling reading. Also, in the movie, the characters tend to mumble. It helps to have read the book first to have a vague clue of what they’re saying.

By Leonore Fleischer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ice Castles as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Vintage movie tie-in paperback


Book cover of Apology

Alina Adams Author Of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

From my list on figure skating and it’s scandals.

Why am I passionate about this?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.

Alina's book list on figure skating and it’s scandals

Alina Adams Why did Alina love this book?

There are plenty of skating autobiographies out there. There is only one by an author who performed with skates on his hands, does a headstand on the ice (no hands!), who protested his low score on a figure by quitting in the middle of the championship and retiring from competitive skating then and there. And who served two years in prison while maintaining his innocence. Everyone claims to be an original these days. Beacom did it first. And he explains why.

By Gary Beacom,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Apology as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This unbelievable story of government corruption and usurpation will make you laugh and cry. Skating sensation and celebrity, Gary Breacom, tells the shocking story of is brush with government corruption and injustice. Gary's humorous account of his personal brush with the law is more than a story of psycholoical survival, it is a keeenly insightful first-hand assessment of a system gone terribly astray.

The shocking truth is -- it could happen to you!


Book cover of Life on the Edge

Alina Adams Author Of Figure Skating Mystery Series (5 Books in 1)

From my list on figure skating and it’s scandals.

Why am I passionate about this?

As a researcher, writer, and producer for ABC Sports, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, I first wrote two non-fiction books, Inside Figure Skating, and Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars (and this was before she won the Olympic Gold in 2002). With the Figure Skating Mystery series, I was finally able to tell all the juicy stories I couldn’t when I was working for television or writing non-fiction. It was very therapeutic. But I wasn’t just a writer of books about figure skating. I was a reader, too. I learned so much from the experts, especially those willing to admit how things really were, rather than how the sport would like to appear on the surface.

Alina's book list on figure skating and it’s scandals

Alina Adams Why did Alina love this book?

Everyone who watches figure skating has, at one time, 'shipped' a pair or ice dance couple, or one singles skater with another. It's almost impossible to watch attractive, passionate people fling their bodies at each other and act out dramatic, romantic scenarios and not imagine what it might be like if they were a couple off the ice, too. Life on the Edge is the first book in the ongoing Edge series which does exactly that - with details! And then keeps the story going!

By Jennifer Comeaux,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Life on the Edge as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 13, 14, 15, and 16.

What is this book about?

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream-to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.


Book cover of Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir

Ryan Stevens Author Of Jackson Haines: The Skating King

From my list on figure skating biographies you'll ever read.

Why am I passionate about this?

I'm a Canadian author and figure skating historian. I have written about the sport's fascinating past for over a decade. My innate curiosity about skating history dates back to the days of BETA tapes and card catalogs. Long before YouTube and social media, the only insights we often had about skater's stories were small nuggets of information passed on in television broadcasts and magazines. Figure skating biographies are a rare treat, allowing us to really get to know the people behind the skating performances we love. I'm absolutely delighted to share with you a skating biography of my own - the true story of The Father of Figure Skating - Jackson Haines. 

Ryan's book list on figure skating biographies you'll ever read

Ryan Stevens Why did Ryan love this book?

I don't see how anyone couldn't love Adam Rippon. Not only is he a gorgeous skater... he has an absolutely killer sense of humour!

What is particularly refreshing about this particularly autobiography is that Adam doesn't take himself too seriously. He's not afraid to be matter-of-fact and have a laugh about some of the setbacks he faced during his skating career. If you're looking for a refreshing and fun skating memoir, this one is completely out of the box.

By Adam Rippon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Beautiful on the Outside as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that the Washington Post calls "comedic gold."

Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free…


Book cover of Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Ryan Stevens Author Of Jackson Haines: The Skating King

From my list on figure skating biographies you'll ever read.

Why am I passionate about this?

I'm a Canadian author and figure skating historian. I have written about the sport's fascinating past for over a decade. My innate curiosity about skating history dates back to the days of BETA tapes and card catalogs. Long before YouTube and social media, the only insights we often had about skater's stories were small nuggets of information passed on in television broadcasts and magazines. Figure skating biographies are a rare treat, allowing us to really get to know the people behind the skating performances we love. I'm absolutely delighted to share with you a skating biography of my own - the true story of The Father of Figure Skating - Jackson Haines. 

Ryan's book list on figure skating biographies you'll ever read

Ryan Stevens Why did Ryan love this book?

In contrast to Toller Cranston's avant-garde style, John Curry was the sport's answer to Vaslav Nijinsky.

Turning professional after winning the gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, John put together his own touring company of skaters. Working with renowned choreographers from the dance world, he brought ballet to life on the ice. However, John's life off the ice was far from idyllic.

He had a troubled relationship with his father, struggled financially at times, and faced a series of devastating personal challenges. This book presents the facts about John's life and lets the people in his orbit tell their stories candidly. The author succeeded in one of the most challenging aspects of writing any biography - showcasing the fact that all people are nuanced.

By Bill Jones,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Alone as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award, Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

One winter's night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions more watched around the world. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He was awarded the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and…


Book cover of My Sergei: A Love Story

Katie Van Ark Author Of The Boy Next Door

From my list on figure skating that won’t make skaters cringe.

Why am I passionate about this?

My hometown didn’t have an ice rink until I was in high school, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with figure skating. From making backyard rinks to coaching learn-to-skate, I did everything I could to spend more time on ice. I also voraciously devoured books with even a hint (like a frozen pond!) of figure skating. All too often, these attempts to spend more time in the skating world only resulted in frustration when authors messed up key details. This list includes my favorite books about skating that fellow figure skaters can enjoy without inaccuracies tripping up their extra ice time.

Katie's book list on figure skating that won’t make skaters cringe

Katie Van Ark Why did Katie love this book?

Though this book is technically not a young adult title, it’s one that young adult figure skating fans will enjoy. Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov are the classic real-life romance story when it comes to pair skating. When I first started drafting my own book, I had a romance like theirs in mind. In this book, Ekaterina details how she and Sergei met, and, through their years together, fell in love. Warning: their story will take your heart and rip it to pieces.

By Ekaterina Gordeeva, E. M. Swift,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked My Sergei as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Olympic gold medalist offers a poignant, loving account of her life with her long-time partner and beloved husband, Sergei Grinkov, from their first introduction and successive world pairs skating championships, to their storybook romance and marriage, to the fatal heart attack that took Sergei's life.


Book cover of Corrections in Ink: A Memoir

Joanna Schwartz Author Of Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable

From my list on the human toll of the criminal justice system.

Why am I passionate about this?

Stories of people impacted by the criminal justice system have been key to my understanding of the system and my efforts to reform it. I knew I wanted to be a civil rights lawyer when, in law school, I represented a woman who was raped by a corrections officer in a federal prison in Connecticut. My experiences suing the police and corrections officers as a young lawyer in New York inspired 15+ years researching the realities of civil rights litigation and barriers to achieve justice. I believe that the best way to understand the realities of the criminal justice system is through the experiences of people trying to make their way through it.

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Joanna Schwartz Why did Joanna love this book?

Corrections in Ink grabbed me from the first paragraph and wouldn’t let go.

It’s a beautifully and fiercely told memoir about Kari Blakinger’s journey from high school figure skater and Cornell college student to drug addition, to prison, and back out into the free world.

Her insights about her time in jail and prison – the conditions of her confinement, interactions with guards, relationships with other prisoners, and the psychological impact of doing time – stick with you, indelibly.

By Keri Blakinger,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Corrections in Ink as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Brave, brutal . . . a riveting story about suffering, recovery, and redemption. Inspiring and relevant.” —TheNew York Times

An electric and unforgettable memoir about a young woman's journey—from the ice rink, to addiction and a prison sentence, to the newsroom—and how she emerged with a fierce determination to expose the broken system she experienced.

Keri Blakinger always lived life at full throttle. Growing up, that meant throwing herself into competitive figure skating with an all-consuming passion that led her to nationals. But when her skating career suddenly fell apart, that meant diving into self-destruction with the intensity she once…


Book cover of Spinning

Jonah Newman Author Of Out of Left Field

From my list on gay coming-of-age graphic novels.

Why am I passionate about this?

I'm a gay cartoonist and editor who lives and breathes graphic novels. As an editor at Graphix, Scholastic's graphic novel imprint, I've worked with Dav Pilkey, Jamar Nicholas, Angeli Rafer, Kane Lynch, and many others. As a cartoonist, I'm the author and illustrator of Out of Left Field, which is based on my experiences as a closeted kid on the high school baseball team. So many wonderful books have influenced my journey and career, but these are some of my favorites: groundbreaking graphic novels that helped make Out of Left Field possible.

Jonah's book list on gay coming-of-age graphic novels

Jonah Newman Why did Jonah love this book?

Walden is one of my favorite pure artists—one of those people whose drawings I look at and say to myself: “I could never draw like that even if I practiced for the rest of my life.”

She combines her jaw-dropping artwork with sensitive, nuanced writing. While her work is consistently brilliant, this book—a memoir of her time coming-of-age as a queer person while being a competitive figure skater—was one of my foremost inspirations for my book, which started as a similar queer sports memoir before morphing into semi-autobiographical fiction.

By Tillie Walden,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Spinning as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 13, 14, 15, and 16.

What is this book about?

Download a FREE sampler of SPINNING by Tillie Walden!

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.
Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.
She was good. She won. And she hated it.
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.


Book cover of Skating Forward: Celebrating 10 Years of Figure Skating Stories

Judy Lipson Author Of Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve

From my list on sibling loss, love, and hope.

Why am I passionate about this?

I have been asked for decades to share my story. Who would want to hear my story? When we established the fund in memory of beloved sisters Margie and Jane, the doctor connected to the fund told me to write about my sisters so others would know them. After thirty years of suppressing my grief, writing became a venue to let the walls down and let my feelings out and be compassionate to myself and others in their grief no matter the time. Grief is a difficult subject and I hope in telling my story another individual will not be alone in their grief.

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Judy Lipson Why did Judy love this book?

2021 was a pivotal year for me. I turned sixty-five, my ice skating fundraiser Celebration of Sisters to honor my beloved sisters marked its tenth year, and my memoir was published. Skating is a sport my sisters and I shared and brought me full circle back to my sisters. Joanne and I met at an Adult Skating Camp in 2011. The Skating Forward series, tells stories of skaters of all levels from novice to Olympic Champions, all disciplines, all ages solidifying the meaning of figure skating in their lives. I am honored to be a participant in this milestone book due to the impact skating had on my life. On the ice I feel joy, peace, and each of my sisters on my shoulder as the breeze flows through my hair.

By Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Skating Forward as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ten Years of Skating Forward. Come Celebrate with us as we reach a milestone. Visit with some old friends, and meet many new friends. All will be inspired by their very special stories as they keep skating forward.

“Just as we are the purveyors of the history of skating through movement, Joanne keeps that history through words. Over the last 10 years, she has compiled a treasure trove of literature detailing unique and incredible stories of skaters from an array of eras. This book is a love letter to the specialty of our sport and to the many years that…


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