Picks and Pans Review: Standing Tall

updated 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by C. Vivian Stringer with Laura Tucker |

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Long before the Rutgers women's basketball team came to the unfortunate attention of Don Imus (whose slurs against them cost him his job), their coach knew about strength in the face of adversity. A coal miner's daughter, Stringer led three schools to the Final Four, a feat accomplished despite intense family strife—her daughter's near-fatal illness, her husband's death, her own cancer. Her rich, moving story shows how women's sports have come of age: For 11 years, Stringer worked without pay; her starting salary at Rutgers exceeded the football coach's. She's worth it.

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