Books from the Backlog #117


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This week's neglected book



Stronger by Jeff Bauman with Bret Witter

Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The New York Times bestselling memoir of the 27-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn't, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: Saw the guy. Looked right at me, setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history.

Just thirty hours before, Jeff had been at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet. As he was rushed to the hospital, he realized he was severely injured and that he might die, but he didn't know that a photograph of him in a wheelchair was circulating throughout the world, making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, or that what he'd seen would give the Boston police their most important breakthrough.

In Stronger, Jeff describes the chaos and terror of the bombing itself and the ongoing FBI investigation in which he was a key witness. He takes us inside his grueling rehabilitation, and discusses his attempt to reconcile the world's admiration with his own guilt and frustration. . Brave, compassionate, and emotionally compelling, Jeff Bauman's story is not just his, but ours as well.

Why did I add Stronger to my bookshelf?

I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf for several years at this point.  I don't read a lot of memoirs but occasionally one will call to me.  I couldn't imagine going through everything that Jeff faces and  how difficult it must have been for him.  I do hope to get to it sometime in the not so distant future.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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Comments

  1. I'm not much of a memoirs reader but, like you, occasionally I read one when it calls to me. It really works like for every other genre, we better read it whenever our mind is in the best mood for it. Having said that, I think this book makes for a very interesting and emotional read, hope you'll get to it at some point.

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  2. I don't read memoirs either (or non fiction in general), but the synopsis brought tears to my eyes. I can only imagine this being quite a emotional and inspiring story.

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  3. I really want to read this one for sure. In fact I'm off to see if I can grab a copy right now!

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  4. I like a memoir now and then and this sounds like it could be really inspiring. Hope you find time for it soon.

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  5. I too enjoy a memoir from time to time and this sounds fascinating.

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  6. Wow, I can't believe the bombing was 7 years ago.

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  7. I find that I have to either be in the perfect mood for a memoir or be really interested in the person already. I think that's why I tend to mostly read memoirs from celebrities.

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  8. I usually prefer memoirs about authors I enjoy or celebrities that stand for important issues. They do take a while to read, but I like having them on my shelf for that time when I can do so.

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  9. I think I prefer non-fiction memoirs to historical fiction but I don't read many of them.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  10. Same here. I like one now and then when it catches my eye. This does sound like a pretty emotionally engaging one.

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  11. I remember when this happened. I live about 20 miles outside of Boston, and it was the only thing on the radio for several days. I don't read many memoirs and probably wouldn't this one. I hope you like it, when you read it.

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  12. I do try to read memoirs, ok one a year, mostly cos there are so few here. So...give it a 5 min go ;)

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  13. Oh I don't know about this one but it could be interesting

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  14. I ca definitely understand why you would want to read this memoir.

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  15. I can't imagine going through what he went through either. What an emotional story, I bet! I hope you enjoy this one when you read it.

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  16. This looks great. I don't read a lot of memoirs either but I bet this one is really inspiring.

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  17. I have read very few memoirs. There's something so personal about it, and you really get a glimpse inside of someone's head. Sometimes that's interesting, other times it's not. I recently read one by a comedian, and I did NOT need to know some of his thoughts and preferences.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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