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Nancy Stancill shot up to six feet as a shy young teenager and was alternately bullied and ignored because of her height. This wasn't uncommon for girls growing up in the 1960s, when men considered tall women undesirable. She details how one woman had bone cut from her thighs to lose a couple of inches of height and others took hormones as preteens to stunt their growth. S Nancy Stancill shot up to six feet as a shy young teenager and was alternately bullied and ignored because of her height. This wasn't uncommon for girls growing up in the 1960s, when men considered tall women undesirable. She details how one woman had bone cut from her thighs to lose a couple of inches of height and others took hormones as preteens to stunt their growth. Stancill's life began changing at the University of North Carolina and she came into her own as an investigative reporter in Houston and Charlotte, NC. After a failed engagement and another serious boyfriend, she meets the man of her dreams, who is two inches shorter. She marries him anyway.


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Nancy Stancill shot up to six feet as a shy young teenager and was alternately bullied and ignored because of her height. This wasn't uncommon for girls growing up in the 1960s, when men considered tall women undesirable. She details how one woman had bone cut from her thighs to lose a couple of inches of height and others took hormones as preteens to stunt their growth. S Nancy Stancill shot up to six feet as a shy young teenager and was alternately bullied and ignored because of her height. This wasn't uncommon for girls growing up in the 1960s, when men considered tall women undesirable. She details how one woman had bone cut from her thighs to lose a couple of inches of height and others took hormones as preteens to stunt their growth. Stancill's life began changing at the University of North Carolina and she came into her own as an investigative reporter in Houston and Charlotte, NC. After a failed engagement and another serious boyfriend, she meets the man of her dreams, who is two inches shorter. She marries him anyway.

41 review for Tall: Love and Journalism in a Six-foot World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerrie

    Disappointed. You would expect a writer with decades of journalism experience as an investigative reporter, editor, and feature writer, including at The Charlotte Observer, plus penning two novels, would not offer something like this to the readers. There are typos, repetitive material, verb tense issue, incomplete sentence, use of this volume to tout in detail her two novels, not consistent in proper use of me instead of I as object of a preposition, etc. All of us have experienced teasing, bul Disappointed. You would expect a writer with decades of journalism experience as an investigative reporter, editor, and feature writer, including at The Charlotte Observer, plus penning two novels, would not offer something like this to the readers. There are typos, repetitive material, verb tense issue, incomplete sentence, use of this volume to tout in detail her two novels, not consistent in proper use of me instead of I as object of a preposition, etc. All of us have experienced teasing, bullying, angst, being unsure of ourselves, heartache, all the various pains of childhood and becoming teens, young, then older adults. But Nancy gets stuck on being taller than most (eventually six feet). She attains a successful career, has a husband who loves her dearly for decades, tries to accommodate everything she wants, their fine son, nice homes, travel, friends, etc. But she still whines about being tall. You have to move on and give it up eventually. Yes, I dated men of all heights, some athletes, most at least six feet tall, including 6'2" husband of 30 years, son 6'1", medium height daughter, two tall grandsons and two tall granddaughters (the youngest girl is so far 5'8 at 13). I always wished I were taller--more than my maximum of 5'2 3/4"--but didn't dwell on what I couldn't be. Now at a mere 106 lb., 5' due to osteoporosis, instead of "oh poor me," I just wait until someone who is tall enough comes down the grocery aisle and ask them if they would please get an item off the top shelf for me. I am grateful if they do, don't worry about it if they don't. No big deal. The important thing is to accept who you are, appreciate life, and be happy. And I'm also happy this book was free instead of taking money I cannot afford to lose.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Neel Stallings

    I loved reading about Nancy Stancill’s challenges with being tall. I could absolutely relate. At almost 5’10” by age 13 and growing up around the same period, I experienced many of these same issues and feelings. I envied the short, cute girls who attracted all of the guys and seemed to have so much fun. Also, I was athletic, which wasn’t popular either. I am so grateful that our culture now values tall, athletic women, and I hate that I am starting to shrink in my 70’s! Having worked with Nancy I loved reading about Nancy Stancill’s challenges with being tall. I could absolutely relate. At almost 5’10” by age 13 and growing up around the same period, I experienced many of these same issues and feelings. I envied the short, cute girls who attracted all of the guys and seemed to have so much fun. Also, I was athletic, which wasn’t popular either. I am so grateful that our culture now values tall, athletic women, and I hate that I am starting to shrink in my 70’s! Having worked with Nancy at The Charlotte Observer for a few years, I was well aware of her excellent investigative journalism skills. It was particularly interesting to read about her background before I knew her. Thank you for your intriguing, well-written books, Nancy. I hope there are more to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel P

    Tall by Nancy Stancill is a great book, well written, captivating and entertaining. The book is an account of Stancill’s personal life, experiences and the challenges faced as a tall woman—in school, at work and socially. But Stancill doesn’t simply tell us about the issues and challenges, she helps us understand how she persevered and often used her stature to her advantage. Further, she gives us the gift of introspection—she writes, 'I've known in my heart that there's little connection in my Tall by Nancy Stancill is a great book, well written, captivating and entertaining. The book is an account of Stancill’s personal life, experiences and the challenges faced as a tall woman—in school, at work and socially. But Stancill doesn’t simply tell us about the issues and challenges, she helps us understand how she persevered and often used her stature to her advantage. Further, she gives us the gift of introspection—she writes, 'I've known in my heart that there's little connection in my height to most of life's opportunities and disappointments, but at my lowest points of self-esteem, I tended to find fault with my tallness.' There is an important lesson here, one illustrated throughout the book. Stancill faced challenges with height, but also with fear, gender issues and family expectations. And she gives us examples of how she overcame adversity with each throughout her interesting life and successful career in journalism.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Metz

    Nancy Stancill’s Tall: Love and Journalism in a Six-Foot World is an enjoyable read on many levels. Fans of the memoir genre will appreciate this engaging first-person narrative of growing up tall in the 1960s when parents sometimes sought “treatment” for their daughters’ alarming growth spurts. Subsequent chapters map the process by which Stancill came to terms with her “six-foot world,” ultimately launching herself into a successful career as an investigative journalist. A highlight of the mem Nancy Stancill’s Tall: Love and Journalism in a Six-Foot World is an enjoyable read on many levels. Fans of the memoir genre will appreciate this engaging first-person narrative of growing up tall in the 1960s when parents sometimes sought “treatment” for their daughters’ alarming growth spurts. Subsequent chapters map the process by which Stancill came to terms with her “six-foot world,” ultimately launching herself into a successful career as an investigative journalist. A highlight of the memoir for me was the story of how she got the stories behind her most dramatic cases, including an exciting, well-paced account of a consequential corruption case in higher education.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sally Ziemba

    I enjoyed reading Nancy Stancill’s account of her life, from family of origin through coming-of-age to professional and personal adulthood. Her path through life is interesting and varied, but always colored for her by her awareness of being tall. The stories of her career in journalism were of particular interest. Her comments about striving for recognition as a female in the second half of the twentieth century were on point. Reflections about growing into her craft as a reporter, an editor an I enjoyed reading Nancy Stancill’s account of her life, from family of origin through coming-of-age to professional and personal adulthood. Her path through life is interesting and varied, but always colored for her by her awareness of being tall. The stories of her career in journalism were of particular interest. Her comments about striving for recognition as a female in the second half of the twentieth century were on point. Reflections about growing into her craft as a reporter, an editor and a novelist show a keen awareness of self.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharen J Sleater

    It all works out in the end! I chose this rating because I felt a connection with the main character. Back in the 50's and 60's I was considered tall at only 5'8" . Whenever my Mother and I were out somewhere, people thought we were sisters. I was tall and she was short (5'2" ). I was always self-conscious and not graceful at all. I am so glad I got over it and became comfortable in myself. It all works out in the end! I chose this rating because I felt a connection with the main character. Back in the 50's and 60's I was considered tall at only 5'8" . Whenever my Mother and I were out somewhere, people thought we were sisters. I was tall and she was short (5'2" ). I was always self-conscious and not graceful at all. I am so glad I got over it and became comfortable in myself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judy Goldman

    In journalist Nancy Stancill’s masterful hands, this memoir about the struggles and satisfactions, bonuses and betrayals of being a very tall woman is not only wonderfully absorbing; it is also instructive. Whether you’re a six-footer or you top off at five feet, the book is a reminder that how you measure yourself is more of a determiner of your success and well-being than any measure on a yardstick. Stancill gets it just right. Tall is a glorious book, fully alive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judy Nies

    This is a good read for anyone who has ever felt they didn't fit in, with their friends, their family, their colleagues. And who hasn't? The author not only overcomes her feelings of inadequacy, she succeeded in a world dominated by men who didn't expect women to ask impertinent, but important, questions. This is a good read for anyone who has ever felt they didn't fit in, with their friends, their family, their colleagues. And who hasn't? The author not only overcomes her feelings of inadequacy, she succeeded in a world dominated by men who didn't expect women to ask impertinent, but important, questions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna Koros Stramella

    Nancy Stancill’s memoir details her struggles and ultimate triumph as a tall woman. The book takes us on Stancill’s journey, from her younger years, to college, to her journalism career. As her life progresses, she begins to see her height as a useful attribute. TALL is an excellent read with valuable life lessons!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    3.5 stars A memoir about growing up as a 6' woman in the 1960s when being tall was considered a deficit in women. As a 6'2" woman myself, I always find these types of stories interesting to read. It also talks a lot abut her career in journalism. 3.5 stars A memoir about growing up as a 6' woman in the 1960s when being tall was considered a deficit in women. As a 6'2" woman myself, I always find these types of stories interesting to read. It also talks a lot abut her career in journalism.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed reading how Nancy Stancill found love and became an investigative reporter in a memoir that revolves around being tall in a world that often prefers short women.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Nancy has written a compelling personal story in a very easy to read writing style. Don't we all have an attribute we at some point fretted over but then found cause to celebrate. For Nancy, that is the story of Tall! Brava!! Nancy has written a compelling personal story in a very easy to read writing style. Don't we all have an attribute we at some point fretted over but then found cause to celebrate. For Nancy, that is the story of Tall! Brava!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan Schweikert

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    Jackie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rldsr12

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

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    Barbara L Patterson

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Connor Holmes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Stancill

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    Coleman Palmertree

  38. 5 out of 5

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  40. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Sheahan

  41. 4 out of 5

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