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Still me
Christopher Reeve
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.R292A3 1998b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Its poignant jacketÄdepicting Reeve in his wheelchair, back to the camera, facing a hillside cast in dreamy greens and purplesÄwill by itself propel this book into readers' hands. The words behind the picture are equally potent, however. Reeve has produced a memoir that's outspoken, wise and tremendously moving. The contours of Reeve's career are well known: the meteoric rise in the late 1970s from obscurity to superstardom as Superman; years of celebrity followed by lesser roles and fame; the riding accident that left Reeve a quadriplegic; the comeback through directing HBO's Into the Gloaming; the work on behalf of the disabled and spinal cord research. Reeve covers it all, shuttling back and forth in time, giving just enough detail about his earlier yearsÄincluding a frank assessment of his parents and upbringing and lightly enjoyable anecdotes of his relationships with Robin Williams, Katharine Hepburn and other luminariesÄto background the book's main act: the accident and its aftermath. Writing in a clean, even matter-of-fact style that renders his words all the more devastating for their lack of bathos, Reeve reveals the intimacies of his plight: the confusion and terror as he learned of his situation; a disorienting out-of-body experience in an operating room; the humiliating adjustment to reliance upon others in order to eat, breathe, live; the shift of the center of gravity of his being from self-service to the serving of others. No doubt, Reeve is "still me"Äbut readers of his beautifully composed book will see that he is now also moreÄthat through nearly unimaginable suffering and effort, he has transformed a charmed life into one blessed to be a true profile in courage. Photos. 350,000 first printing; first serial to People; simultaneous large-print edition and AudioBook, read by Reeve. (May) FYI: Random placed an embargo on any reviews of Still Me until May 3rd. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The courageous actor Christopher Reeve survived a broken neck in a tragic fall from a horse in 1995. Since then his appearances on behalf of the disabled, TV interviews, and this bestselling book have captivated larger audiences than his Superman movies. He has made an incredible journey from active sportsman and star to observer and now back to a creative role. We learn about the accident, his subsequent slow recovery, his earlier relationships with parents, devoted wife and children, and, briefly, his film and stage career. Lately, he made a successful debut as a film director. He may act again, in his wheelchair. His reading of this text is clear and moving, with minor breathing difficulties. This unique story, although regrettably short, is a winner. Warmly recommended for general audiences.‘Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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