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Recommended by Deb, a reference librarian in our Adult Department.

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Still Me

by Christopher Reeve
1153031.jpg On Memorial Day 1995, on the third jump in a horseback riding competition, Christopher Reeve was thrown headfirst off his horse and broke his neck, leaving him unable to breathe or move on his own. Reeve had survived and became an inspirational advocate for hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. A deeply moving testament to the human spirit, Reeve recounts his trials and triumphs to cope with the aftermath of a devastating accident. Visit the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Its Not About the Bike

by Lance Armstrong
1184365.jpg Approximately 60 million people wear the bright yellow LiveStrong wristbands created by The Lance Armstrong Foundation to support the fight against cancer. In 1996 and at age 25, Lance Armstrong was one of the worlds best cyclists and diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He tells his inspiring story of cancer survival and triumphant comeback to win the first of seven consecutive Tour de France races. Visit the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love

by Carole Radziwill
1367212.jpg This vivid and haunting memoir is both part-fairy tale, part-tragedy. The author, raised in a working-class suburb, pursued an exciting career as a television producer for ABC News in New York City. At work, she met and married a Polish prince, Anthony Radziwill, who happened to be a nephew of the late president, John F. Kennedy, and cousin of John F. Kennedy Jr. This is a compelling story of survival over tragic loss and overwhelming grief.

The Early Birds

by Jenny Minton
1388855.jpg Unable to conceive at the age of 30, the author and her husband make the decision to try in vitro fertilization. At 31 weeks pregnant, she gives birth prematurely to twin boys, Gus and Sam, each weighing only three and a half pounds. The boys spent 64 harrowing days in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) fighting for the lives. This is a candid and passionate account the authors heartbreaking ordeal to bring her babies home.

A Three Dog Life

by Abigail Thomas
1396213.jpg In this illuminating memoir, the author reflects on how her marriage had to be reinvented after the night her husband took their dog, Harry, out for a walk. Harry came home alone. Her husband had been struck by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The accident rendered him susceptible to memory loss, hallucinations, and rages. His wife, no longer able to take care of him on her own, committed him to a long-term care facility. This is their story of how their relationship shifted into something unexpected.