Welcome to the official pages of freelance journalist and author Robert Strauss. Ramble through and see a sampling of his writing over the years. Read a little of the new book, Daddy’s Little Goalie. Or just drop a note.
Strauss’s first memoir, Daddy’s Little Goalie, published by Andrews-McMeel in 2011, is a family legacy – a funny and sentimental piece about being the dad of girl jocks. His daughters, Ella, 19, a freshman at Davidson College, and Sylvia, 16, a sophomore at Haddonfield Memorial High School, would be stars even if not in the book.
With the release of the book, Strauss has been keeping a complementary blog/online column in the Courier-Post, the Gannett newspaper in New Jersey:
Check out the blog. Read a bit more about Strauss, or something from the archives. He’ll be at bookstores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and North Carolina — see the events page for dates. Strauss is also getting into this whole social networking thing, so Facebook him and follow @rsstrauss on Twitter.
About the Book
In Daddy’s Little Goalie, Strauss shares an invitingly poignant and humorous collection of anecdotes about the father/daughter sporting dynamic based on his own experiences with his daughters, Ella and Sylvia. Proud dads, been-there moms, and sporting daughters alike will recognize themselves in Strauss’s stories. From the pride inspired by a daughter’s first left-handed layup to the shin-kicking action on the soccer field, Daddy’s Little Goalie is not a primer on how to raise the next Venus or Serena Williams, but about the normal run of girl jockdom and the important role of the father/daughter relationship in sports—and life.
Ella (left) and Sylvia (right) were stars from a young age, at least in Dad’s eyes.
Praise for Daddy’s Little Goalie
“There have been a million books published about fathers and sons in the world of sports. But fathers and daughters? It’s as if there is no relationship when it comes to athletics. But Daddy’s Little Goalie finally breaks the mold. It is delightful, a breeze to read and filled with the kind of love that you will have you crying and laughing” – Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August
“Robert Strauss has written a tender memoir, funny and affecting, reminding us that the women’s sports revolution has given an important opportunity to fathers as well-a way to stay close to their daughters. All they have to do is drive the car pools, keep the schedules, operate the scoreboards, and provide the snacks.” – Michael Sokolove, author of Warrior Girls, Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women’s Sports