Binnie Klein; BLOWS TO THE HEAD: HOW BOXING CHANGED MY MIND; State University of New York Press (Autobiography/Memoir) $19.95 ISBN: 1438430019
For those whove never ventured into a boxing gym the sport can sometimes seem the brutal mysterious realm of grizzled trainers and hardened athletes. In that light the image of a middle-aged female Jewish psychotherapist tying on her boxing gloves is not only incongruous but almost amusing.
That delighted tone permeates Binnie Kleins memoir of her boxing obsession as she details her experience with the sport. She admits from the start that shes an unconventional boxer but she certainly has the passion the sport requires.
After only a few sessions she begins to feel a connection to her body that she never thought possible. She writes [I]ts utterly new to feel my power hear the propulsive sound of my own grunts and experience such a delight in making this kind of physical contact. My body is bringing me joy.
But its not just the physicality that draws her to train moreboxing requires discipline and focus which she hones. The sport has an additional unexpected effect for Klein as well: it unlocks memories and insights from her childhood and teen years.
She recalls sitting at her fathers feet as he watched boxing on TV. The matches seemed...