“In STATE, Melissa Isaacson perfectly captures the birth of Title IX and a time when high school girls were starting to gain equality in sports and in the classroom, showing us how opportunities on the court can light a path for girls to become their authentic selves in all aspects of their lives.”
- Billie Jean King, tennis champion and activist
It is about a hunger so insatiable, setbacks so painful, and a triumph so sweet that it altered the course of our lives.
praise for "STATE"
Melissa covered the Bulls for the Chicago Tribune when I played in the NBA and we had many discussions about our love of basketball. The topic of her high school state title-winning team came up now and then, and I knew she was proud of it. But not until now, after reading her fantastic book, did I realize HOW much basketball meant to her. This is a beautiful story of basketball and life.”
“You’ve probably never heard of the 1975 Niles West High School girls’ basketball team. But theirs is a terrific story, and as fate would have it, their point guard, Missy Isaacson, went on to become a superb writer.
If you love sports, you’ll love her fascinating, moving, funny, and richly reported account of how her team finally won state.”