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The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them

Thursday 02/August/2018 - 08:52 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

In this inspiring، down-to-earth memoir the revered goalkeeper and American icon idolized by millions worldwide for his dependability، daring، and humility recounts his rise to stardom at the 2014 World Cup، the psychological and professional challenges he has faced، and the enduring faith that has sustained him.

In The Keeper، the man who electrified the world with his amazing performance in Brazil does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal on the field، Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers.

The Keeper recalls his childhood، being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him cope when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s in the fifth grade. He looks back over his fifteen-year professional career—from becoming the youngest player to win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to his storied move to the English Premier League with Manchester United and his current team، Liverpool’s Everton، to becoming an overnight star after his record-making performance with the United States Men’s National Team. He also talks about the things closest to his heart—the importance of family and the Christian beliefs that guide him.

Told in his thoughtful and articulate voice، The Keeper is an illuminating look at a remarkable man who is an inspirational role model for all of us.

The Keeper is illustrated with two 8-page color photo inserts.
Paperback: 320 pages
Author: Tim Howard
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 12، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches

About the Author
Tim Howard is the goalkeeper for Everton in the English Premier League and the U.S. men's national team. He previously played for the MetroStars in Major League Soccer and for the storied Manchester United. In July 2014، he broke the record for most saves (fifteen) in a World Cup game. He also works as a soccer broadcaster on NBC's weekly coverage of the EPL.

Editorial Reviews
“Thanks to its honesty، The Keeper is one of the best sports memoirs I’ve read recently.” (Daily Beast)

“Inspiring and compulsively readable.” (People Magazine)

“Don’t come to “The Keeper” for the gritty and libidinous details about what it’s like to play professional soccer in the English Premier League، where Mr. Howard was a goalkeeper for Manchester United before moving to Everton، his current team. This isn’t a soccer-world update of “Ball Four.” There are no nightclubs، no drugs and — despite the fact that Mr. Howard gets married and divorced in the course of the book — no WAGs، the British term for the often eye-popping “wives and girlfriends” of players. Mr. Howard’s book is mostly about hard men on a difficult mission، and as such it can be nearly as single-minded as Ernest Shackleton’s diary.” – nytimes

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