A Story of Courage and Hope

Large Print - 2012
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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. Their arrival in the spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival "miraculous." As the nation grieved and sought to understand the attack, Gabby remained focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment by her side, as he also prepared for his final mission as commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Now, as Gabby's health continues to improve, the couple is sharing their remarkable untold story, an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410445384
Branch Call Number: LP B Gif
Additional Contributors: Kelly, Mark E.
Zaslow, Jeffrey


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Nov 26, 2015

A personal look into the lives of two not so ordinary people and how they dealt with extreme adversity.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"Congresswoman Giffords and her astronaut husband recount her early years, their marriage, the assassination attempt that left her gravely wounded and took the lives of six others, and her rehabilitation." September 2013 Biography and Memoir

Jun 24, 2012

A really great book. I didn't much like Gabby's husband Mark Kelly much when I witnessed him in interviews with Gabby. However, I'm glad I read this book because it showed another side of Mark I didn't see before.
I wish the both of them the best in the future.

Apr 08, 2012

Good biographies, like this one, teach us lessons that we can take with us on our own journeys.
Gabby's story is incredible. I admire her determination in the face of such a difficult injury. The book gives us some insight into this persistance of hers. She has always faced challenges head on and as the challenges grew bigger she rose to meet them.
I believe that if she'd spent her life shying away from hard work her response to a hardship like this would have reflected that and there would be nothing remarkable to see. This kind of courage and resolve is built, day by day, it doesn't just appear overnight.
We may not be successful American senators married to astronauts. It's unlikely we are going through rehabilitation for a brain injury. But we can still relate this to our own lives.
Her story shows me the importance of what we do every day and that over time we can become stronger. I want to remember that while I react to the misfortune in my own life.

Mar 13, 2012

An exceptional book of courage, hope, determination, and working past the impossible. Mark Kelly has a crisp style of writing, and his voice comes across quite clearly. Gabrielle Giffords' personality, both before and after the shooting shines right through. The narrative is matter of fact, deeply sad at times, very human, and even funny on occasion. I can't say how much collaborator Jeffrey Zaslow was involved in the process, because the book feels very true to Kelly's voice. The lasting impression of the book is the sense that we get to really like and admire these two people, both for who they've been and what they've done in the past, and the extraordinary resilience they've shown since that terrible day.

Jan 26, 2012

Seriously one of the best auto/biography's I've ever read, emotional, interesting, poignant, full of hope and courage, and little steps forward. I read it in one sitting in about 4 1/2 hours, then I read it again the next day. It has photos of Gabby in the hospital and on the road to recovery. Honest, endearing, and wonderful, and if you read right to the very back Gabby in her own words - it's wondeful. If you like stories of peoples lives, you'll LOVE this one.

Dec 17, 2011

So full of courage and hope. Gabby is one of a kind. Her story resounds with her determination and desire to help other. She has a great sense of humor. Enjoy!


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