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‘Small Puddles: The Triumphant Story of Yale’s Worst Oarsman. Ever,’ by Michael Danziger now an e-book on Amazon

"Small Puddles: The Triumphant Story of Yale’s Worst Oarsman. Ever" by Michael "Zig" Danziger

Michael "Zig" Danziger

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2016 / -- An outrageous new memoir, "Small Puddles," entails true stories of rowing, rites of passage, persistence, and trying to find your way.

Michael “Zig” Danziger projects a certain devil-may-care persona. But don’t let the larger-than-life, hail-fellow-well-met routine fool you. Zig’s intense experience as a Yale oarsman is a case study on the journey itself being the reward. He was never going to make the first varsity boat . . . or the second . . . or even the third boat. But he worked his tail off to earn a seat in the fourth boat—and became a Yale Crew legend. "Small Puddles" tells the story of those years at Yale and the people who shaped Zig’s one-of- a-kind view of the world.

"Small Puddles" is a heart-warming and hilarious memoir, but don’t expect any syrupy soft-focus vignettes of New England collegiate life. Zig’s raucous yarns are warts-and-all, high-def windows into the glory days. No punches pulled. "Small Puddles" has plenty for everyone, but anyone who has had the good fortune to pull an oar will feel Zig’s pain. Up and down stadium stairs until you can’t walk another step? Barfed after crushing an erg piece? Pulled a power ten? Given a shirt? Gotten a shirt? Been up at 5 am for practice after a big night out? Felt the adrenaline surge at “Êtes-vous prêt? Partez!”? Stood on the bank to cheer friends at The Head of the Charles, The Dad Vails, Eastern Sprints, Henley? Don’t miss this book.

"'Small Puddles' will take its rightful place next to Emory Clark’s Olympic Odyssey and Ginny Gilder’s Course Correction as a classic story of rowing at Yale. Pretty sure Emory and Ginny would kick Zig’s ass in a seat race though…” – Mike Hard, US National Team, World Rowing Championships 1988 and 1989.

If you think you might enjoy a version of Halberstam’s "The Amateurs" co-authored with Tucker Max, or you’re hoping Quentin Tarantino might direct the film adaptation of "The Boys In the Boat," don’t miss "Small Puddles."

About the author

After stints at Oxford and Harvard, Danziger became a teacher and found his calling. In 1990, he founded the Steppingstone Foundation, which prepares students from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds to get into schools, which led to college and eventually graduation. To date, 2,700 Steppingstone Scholars have graduated from college thanks to their hard work in the Steppingstone Academy.

All the while, Danziger had been working on a book about his rowing experience at Yale. The original draft of the book was on the computer that he sold because it was too big to fit into the trunk of his car. Danziger never printed or saved that draft, so he started over. A shade over 30 years after selling that computer, the book, "Small Puddles: The Triumphant Story of Yale's Worst Oarsman. Ever" was completed.

Small Puddles is now available as an e-book on

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