The Resource Courting Greta, Ramsey Hootman

Courting Greta, Ramsey Hootman

Label
Courting Greta
Title
Courting Greta
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Ramsey Hootman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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Character
Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Hootman's terrific debut, a most unlikely romance, involves a 34-year-old crippled computer geek and a middle-aged Sue Sylvester–like gym teacher/basketball coach with a penchant for addressing him as "Mr. Cooke." Samuel Cooke joins a Northern California high school's faculty to teach programming classes after taking a 10% stake in the successful software firm that formerly employed him. Despite being warned against gym teacher Greta Cassamajor, a 46-year-old who towers over and outweighs him, he feels strangely attracted to her. Recognizing Greta's prickly nature and uncompromising attitude, Samuel nonetheless sets out to navigate a relationship with her. He has the outward social graces she lacks, but hidden underneath is fear, anger, and self-pity, particularly over the congenital birth defect that forces him to use elbow crutches and ankle braces. While Samuel faces the school's unprincipled principal, outdated computers, and difficult students, Greta proves remarkably perceptive and caring. By the end of this surprisingly sweet, if sometimes bitter, novel, Samuel has started to appreciate everyone else he has on his side, including his housekeeper, who helps him woo Greta, a nosy fellow teacher, and an old boss who advises him that "in real life, you spend a lot of time on your ass." Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June) --Staff (Reviewed May 6, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 18, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Samuel is a shy, withdrawn computer programmer in need of a change in his life. He thinks a new town and a teaching job will do the trick, but when he falls for Greta, the school's imposing tomboy gym teacher, he discovers that change can come from unexpected places. In this charming, unconventional first novel, an unlikely pair stumbles down a rough road of romance and self-discovery with all the emotional and physical baggage that middle age—and disability—can bring. VERDICT Hootman gives readers a refreshing, original love story about two socially awkward yet utterly fascinating people. Fans of John Green's quirky lovers in The Fault in Our Stars or this year's hot adaptation, Matthew Quirk's Silver Linings Playbook , will want to check this one out; arriving just in time for summer, it will make a perfect beach read. Highly recommended.— Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ --Leigh Wright (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 8, p73)
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10190897
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Hootman, Ramsey
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Computer programmers
  • Physical education teachers
  • Teachers
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Love stories
Label
Courting Greta, Ramsey Hootman
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Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
376 p.
Isbn
9781476711294
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
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(Sirsi) i9781476711294
Label
Courting Greta, Ramsey Hootman
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
376 p.
Isbn
9781476711294
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781476711294

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