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One Life

By: Megan Rapinoe, Emma Brockes
Narrated by: Megan Rapinoe
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Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!

“Rapinoe's 'signature pose' from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.” (USA Today)

Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, reveals for the first time her life both on and off the field. Guided by her personal journey into social justice, brimming with humor, humanity, and joy, she urges all of us to ask ourselves, What will you do with your one life?

Only four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball, Megan Rapinoe developed a love - and clear talent - for the game at a young age. But it was her parents who taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. From childhood on, Rapinoe always did what she could to stand up for what was right - even if it meant going up against people who disagreed.

In One Life, Megan Rapinoe invites readers on a remarkable journey, looking back on both her victories and her failures, and pulls back the curtain on events we know only from the headlines. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were open about their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. Recognizing the power she had to bring attention to critical issues, in 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality - the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of change.

Here for the first time, Rapinoe reflects upon some of the most pivotal moments in her life and career - from her realization in college that she was gay, through the disputes with soccer coaches and officials over her decision to kneel, to the first time she met her now-fiancé WNBA champion Sue Bird, and up through suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination and equal pay. Throughout, Rapinoe makes clear the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. Deeply personal and inspiring, One Life reveals that real, concrete change lies within all of us, and asks: If we all have the same resource - this one precious life, made up of the decisions we make every day - what are you going to do?

"One Life makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero." (San Francisco Chronicle)

©2020 Megan Rapinoe (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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simply the best

Megan narrated her own book..YES Yes Yes. I hope it inspires you like it inspired me!

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Fantastic read

Couldn’t put it down once I started. Had me captured from the very beginning. Insightful, heartwarming and a genuine person. Even better that is was in Megan’s voice

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Great audiobook!

Thanks for you fantastic energy, entertainment and your sense of justice. Keep the fight and cannot wait to hear more from you. Lots of love!

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Super super interesting. Thank you.

Really enjoyed this, thank you.
A fantastic insight into the ability of receiver to fight for and overcome inequality.

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Fabulous

Great read if you like football. Lots of current issues tackled. LGBT friendly and just could not put it down.

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Highly recommended

Loved it listened to it all in a day. Its also one I know I will relisten too, thanks for producing and releasing audio book at the same time as physical addition.

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Top Class Listening

If your a pinoe fan or a women’s soccer fan or a fan of athlete bios this is the one for 2020. Insightful, current, relatable! Loved it a good lockdown listen! Miss it miss out!

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Inspiration I've wished for my whole life!

This book has literally changed my life, I am now allowing myself to be me.

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An excellent book

An excellent story if little too short for my liking! I have so much admiration for The author as both a player and as someone who has taken the risks she has to use her position to champion equal rights even at detriment to her own career.
A very good listen so much so I couldn't turn it off! I usually listen to an audiobook whilst walking but this was so good i spent the rest of the day listening to it.
The author is top of my list for someone I'd invite to dinner or just attend somewhere to hear her speak

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Beyond a book

From the reviews I read i knew this would be good but there is something special about this story that is so honest and inspiring. It has highlighted that what I am currently doing is not enough and that to do more isn't actually as hard as everyone makes it seem. Time to learn, grow and educate. Thanks for the motivation!

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