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Publisher's Summary

Small Puddles is about rowing, rites of passage, persistence, and trying to find your way.
Michael "Zig" Danziger projects a certain devil-may-care persona. But don't let the larger-than-life, hail-fellow-well-met routine fool you - there is far more to his story than being born on third base. Zig's intense experience as a Yale oarsman is a case study on the journey itself being the reward. He was never going to make the first varsity boat, or the second. Not even the third boat. But he worked his ass off to earn a seat in the fourth boat - and became a Yale Crew legend. Small Puddles tells the story of those years at Yale and the people who shaped Zig's one-of-a-kind view of the world.
A story of tenacity, determination, and unrelenting sticktoitiveness.
Small Puddles is a heartwarming and hilarious memoir, but don't expect to hear about what a saint Zig is. He's no saint. And don't expect any syrupy soft-focus vignettes of New England collegiate life. Zig's raucous yarns, spun one after another, are warts-and-all, high-definition windows into the glory days. No punches pulled.
Raucous, ribald, ridiculous, raunchy, romantic, and relatable.
Small Puddles has plenty for everyone, but anyone who has had the good fortune to pull an oar will feel Zig's pain. Up and down stadium stairs until you can't walk another step? Barfed after crushing an erg piece? Pulled a power 10? Given a shirt? Gotten a shirt? Been up at five a.m. for practice after a big night out? Felt the adrenaline surge at "êtes-vous prêt? Partez!"? Stood on the bank to cheer friends at The Head of the Charles, The Dad Vails, Eastern Sprints, Henley? Don't miss this book.
Enjoyed other rowing books? If you think you might enjoy a version of Halberstam's The Amateurs coauthored with Tucker Max, or you're hoping Quentin Tarantino might direct the film adaptation of The Boys in the Boat, don't miss this one.
©2016 Michael P Danziger (P)2017 Michael P Danziger
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By Christopher on 12-06-17

Really enjoyable!

Not every athlete is blessed with enough raw talent to excel at their given sport. Mike does an excellent job of portraying why the majority of us still work hard to be a part of something bigger then ourselves...the team. As a athlete and coach, I would recommend this book to everyone that I coach!

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By Claude E. Smoot on 11-22-17

Excellent!

This has become my favorite book on rowing (after The Shell Game). It's a rule that when an author narrates his own book the results are usually quite disappointing. That rule doesn't apply here and the author did a wonderful job narrating.

The story is similar to The Shell Game in that it describes in detail the author's experience being on a collegiate rowing team. Danziger branches out in this book and discusses other elements of his collegiate career.

You end up rooting for him and his determination.

I highly recommend this book.

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