In this award-winning memoir, a woman examines her life with stunning honesty searching
for an answer. Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, Grip is the story of how a teenager
fends off an armed intruder with only her wits, then goes on to become the toughest
female martial artist in her karate school and an early advocate for women’s rights.
Yet in private this five-foot fighter selects one wrong man after another. Ultimately,
she finds her real battle is an internal one. She has to let herself be vulnerable
before she can trust and love.
Awarded First Prize by the Maui Writers Conference,
“Best Memoir” by BAIPA, “Book of the Year” finalist by ForeWord Reviews, and “Best
Life Stories” finalist by Writers Digest -
Grip has been acclaimed as a page-turner that reads like a novel. It is riveting,
“I don't remember the last time a book took my breath away quite like this one did. ...
the afterward, Nina writes about her experience writing this book: ‘Suddenly, I wasn't
telling a hero's story at all. I had to write myself as flawed, controlling, weak
and lost.’ ... Ms. Hamberg did just that, and that is a large part of why this book
was so exceptional and so effective. The reader gets the sense that the author is
truly showing every side of the story, that the author is including every morsel
of her experiences so that we, the readers, can understand the whole of her life
as it unfolds.
This book is gripping, mesmerizing, and written with such beautiful,
blunt and heartbreaking honesty. I cannot imagine how it must have felt to write
something so raw and release it to the world, but Mrs. Hamberg ... I am so grateful
that you did.”