Dedicated Copy of 'Ways of Grace'

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Inspired by Arthur Ashe’s bestselling  memoir Days of Grace, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of  seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have  helped to bridge cultural and racial divides.

Like many people of  color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism  firsthand—publicly—first at the U.S. Open, and then in front of his  hotel on a busy Manhattan street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by  a police officer in a case of "mistaken identity." Though rage would  have been justified, Blake faced both incidents with dignity and aplomb.

In Ways  of Grace he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other  sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity,  but have used them to unite rather than divide.


Dedicated Copy of 'Breaking Back'

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James Blake's life was getting better every  day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of  2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But  all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court  freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the  inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer.  Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he  contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and  threatened to end his already jeopardized career.

In Breaking  Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this  terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis  players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the  unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a  celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his  inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.​