Friday, September 4, 2009

~Friday Finds~

I found this book while browsing on It is the biography of Peg Kehret called Small Steps.

From B&

Kirkus Reviews

From a writer known for her fiction, a moving memoir about a 12-year-old who got polio in 1949 in Austin, Minnesota. Kehret (Earthquake Terror, 1996, etc.) describes the disease, the diagnosis, the severe symptoms, treatments, physical therapy, slow recovery, and return home with walking sticks—and how she was forever changed. After her fever broke and she lay paralyzed in the hospital, her parents delivered a big brown packet of letters from her classmates. "I had a strange feeling that I was reading about a different lifetime . . . none of this mattered. I had faced death. I had lived with excruciating pain and with loneliness and uncertainty about the future. Bad haircuts and lost ball games would never bother me again." There are touching black-and-white photographs of her roommates, who had already been there for ten years. Kehret's were the only parents who visited her each Sunday, and soon "adopted" her fellow polio victims.

A simple, direct, and sometimes self-deprecating style of writing tenderly draws readers into Kehret's experiences and the effects of the disease firsthand. Almost a half-century later, this lovely book refocuses attention on what matters most: health, love of family, friends, determination, generosity, and compassion.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Is it not amazing though that we no longer deal with that disease here in the USA? It affected so many people in its day.

L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

Sarah at SmallWorld said...

This has been one of the favorite books in our house! My kids read this one over and over again.

serendipity_viv said...

sounds like a really powerful read.

gautami tripathy said...

I would like to read this book. Adding it...

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Jo-Jo said...

I don't usually read memoirs, but this does sound interesting.


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