Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author. Her most recent book, Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty, published by Simon & Schuster, is a New York Times bestseller.
Joan's newspaper work spans 25 years, the last 22 in San Francisco. When she left sports, she wrote columns for the Style section, the Op-Ed pages and the Metro section. She left the San Francisco Chronicle in 2007 to pursue book projects and other opportunities.
Her previous book, now available in paperback, The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son and Their Second Chance, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2009. Her first book, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters (1995, Doubleday) was a controversial, ground-breaking expose that Sports Illustrated named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time. It was one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time in the Guardian newspaper in London. The Sporting News chose it as one of the top three sports books of 1995.