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New Book, "Cheer!" Follows Trek of Memphis Cheerleaders

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George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madonna, Samuel L. Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Ronald Reagan: What do they have in common? George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madonna, Samuel L. Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Ronald Reagan: What do they have in common? What could they have in common with Kristen Murdock, Casi Davis, Courtney Powell, Ashley Chambers, Monica Moody, Kristen Kern, and Callee Jackson? Cheerleading, that's what, and it's the subject of Cheer! (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) by Kate Torgovnick. But if you don't recognize that latter list of names above, you will after following all seven of these young women -- Torgovnick did, from tryouts, to "spirit camp," to a national cheerleading competition -- as the 2006-'07 University of Memphis All-Girl Tigers.

Read the rest of Leonard Gill's review of Cheer!.

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