New Life, No Instructions

New Life, No Instructions

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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Pulitizer Prize winner Gail Caldwell pens a memoir on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course; on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity; and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows. Caldwell had contracted polio as a child, and as she matured it reduced her walk to a painful limp. When a new doctor said she needed a hip replacement-- and that her leg could be lengthened-- she no longer saw her body in decline and realized she could live pain free. She describes how the resulting rehabilitation opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400069545
Branch Call Number: 070.92 C1276n 2014
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 09, 2015

This is another fantastic memoir from Gail Caldwell written with compassion, insight and frankness.

Jun 02, 2014

packed full of physical woes, I couldn't stand reading any more. too negative.

smc01 May 29, 2014

A good follow-up to Let's Take the Long Way Home. Caldwell again impressed me with her insights about life and friendship. Her openness makes her writing seem so effortless but I'm sure it isn't. Recommended for anyone who has lost someone close, or who is struggling with a debilitating health problem.


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