Double Take: A Memoir

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Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries ...

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Overview

Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries on his skateboard, including Bosnia, China, Ukraine, and Japan. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. In this dazzling memoir, Kevin Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. From the home of his family in Helena, Montana, to the streets of Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Kevin's remarkable journey will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.

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We've all felt it -- that humiliating awareness that people are staring at us because of a flaw in our appearance. Perhaps it's a pimple that feels like Mount Vesuvius, or a red and scaly rash. For most of us, the problem heals before long, and we blend right back in. But how do you handle it when the difference is permanent?

\ \ That's the subject of Connolly's remarkable memoir, Double Take, which chronicles his efforts to record, explain, and ultimately come to terms with the stares he has endured throughout his life. Connolly, you see, was born without legs. Entirely normal in every other way, he adapted to his condition by learning to move around by skateboard, which he found easier and more convenient than a wheelchair. Encouraged by his parents, he refused to let his condition slow him down, and by the time he was 23, he had won acclaim as a mono-ski competitor at the X Games and had traveled the globe.

\ \ Yet wherever he went, people stared, trying to figure out what had happened to him. Stung by their insensitivity, he began to take pictures of them as they stared. What started out as retaliation soon spurred deep self-reflection, as Connolly was forced to ask himself if he was allowing his condition to define him. After reading his story, you'll never look at a stranger the same way again. \ (Holiday 2009 Selection)
Sara Gruen
“Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs.”
People Magazine
"[A] charming memoir… Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid—one who happened to be born without legs...[Double Take] makes for an empowering read."
Lee Woodruff
“Life’s most successful survivors meet adversity head on, with an unflinching eye, candor and with humor. Kevin Connolly has such an eye and weaves a rich memoir from the gut about his amazing journey through life.”
People
“[A] charming memoir… Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid—one who happened to be born without legs...[Double Take] makes for an empowering read.”
The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co
“Touching and comedic, inspiring and telling...[Double Take] is a remarkable portrait of the human spirit.”
Sacramento Book Review
“[Double Take] reminds the reader that perspective is everything. It’s an inspiring read about a human being who doesn’t concern himself with what he has lost or never had. [Kevin Connolly] is a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us.”
People
“[A] charming memoir… Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid—one who happened to be born without legs...[Double Take] makes for an empowering read.”
Publishers Weekly
Photographer, champion skier and skateboarder Connolly has been stared at his entire 23-year life. Not because he's handsome, talented and athletic (all true), but because he has no legs. He was born without them, but born into a family that he describes as loving, loyal and matter-of-fact. Connolly writes that his father and grandfather—inspired by several seasons of MacGyver—engineered numerous devices to help the growing boy manage everyday tasks, from using light switches to pitching in on chores, and he was well prepared for his first day of school because his mother led countless “What would you do if...?” conversations. Connolly appears to be an intelligent, fairly unflappable adult with a healthy sense of humility and humor. He's a good storyteller, too, whether describing his first high school wrestling match, the path from novice to champion skier or what it's like to travel around the world on a skateboard. Connolly also shares his memories of an important, defining moment: when he decided to use photography to gaze back at the people who stared at him. “Each photo was a miniature catharsis,” he writes, adding, “Finally, I was able to find my own use for that stare, and it felt good.” His photos, 19 of which serve as chapter dividers, became part of The Rolling Exhibition, which was shown worldwide, including at the Smithsonian. The images are beautiful, revealing and stimulating—just like his narrative. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
An X Games competitive skier and photographer recounts an extraordinary life spent overcoming immense physical limitations. Connolly was born without legs in the summer of 1985, in Helena, Mont., after his mother endured a lengthy, difficult labor. His condition is known as Bilateral Amelia of the lower extremities and, without artificial limbs, the author would live his life at 3'1" tall. The family made the best of the tragic situation by using humor to mask hardship or disappointment, but it was Connolly's father, a tough man with a feathered mullet, who snapped into action and became inspired by the innovative inventions featured on the TV series MacGyver. With varying degrees of success and usefulness, he outfitted everything from handrails to toilet seats in an effort to accommodate his son. The dark side of living with a disability seeps through as Connolly describes the eagle-eyed scrutiny of cruel children, the unmanageability of prosthetics in grade school ("a pair of glorified, flesh-colored stilts wasn't the solution") and, wheelchair-bound, his daring (if unsuccessful) courtship of one of his classmates. Determined attempts at wrestling proved fruitless yet paved the way for major victories racing on a mono-ski atop Montana's Bridger Bowl under the watchful eye of his proud father. Not wanting to "hold anyone else up," Connolly spent school breaks traveling solo throughout Europe strapped to a skateboard, reuniting with kindhearted folks like Serge, an Internet friend living in the Ukraine. As powerful as his memoir reads, it is Connolly's photographs-featured at the beginning of each chapter and on his website-of people's reactions to him that provide a striking visualpunch. By the end of his European vacation, he'd taken more than 900 "empowering," "therapeutic" images, which today total more than 30,000. Embarking on both a stint at the X Games and a photographic project called "The Rolling Exhibition"-it has since been featured at The Smithsonian-the fearless author continues to persevere and seeks to motivate others. A courageous, immensely rewarding chronicle expressed in arresting words and pictures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061791529
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 773,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born without legs, raised in Montana, and now a skateboarding world traveler, Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most people never will. His internationally acclaimed photo series, The Rolling Exhibition, which encompasses seventeen countries and more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him, has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.

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"You were an exclamation point on a really tough couple of years," is what my mom says about my birth.I am calling my mother from my apartment in Bozeman, to ask her about something I've always wanted to know but have been a little reluctant to delve into. Up until now, I'd always avoided asking too much about the time directly following my birth for fear that it might bring back feelings neither of us wanted to deal with again.But first we must have the obligatory talk about Montana's mercurial spring weather. After a week of blizzards and deliriously frigid temperatures, the cold had let up long enough for the snow to turn into a brown goulash of dirt and ice. It's the time of year when most people become homebodies, seeking anything that is warm and dry. Except, as Mom quickly tells me, a good portion of our home is now submerged in water. Earlier in the day, a pipe had sprung a leak and had emptied gallons into the kitchen, soaking through the floorboards and down into the basement."The kitchen is totally flooded. The whole floor is going to have to be replaced."She sighs, then laughs."Oh well. Been through worse."I imagine the kitchen, swollen and bloated, weeping out the old mold and dust of our family's history. I know that Mom and Dad will patch it back together themselves, and Dad confirms my speculation by yelling over Mom that he's going to the hardware store later. He's already had a couple of beers, by the sound of his laugh.My parents don't have much money; they never did. There is a picture in the entryway that shows our house in the state that my parents first purchased it. Weeds that came up to my head (three feet, one inch, incidentally) made up the front yard and lined a dirt ditch, driveway, and road. The ranch house five miles outside Helena cost $2,000; in 1984, it was what they could afford.They purchased the house a year before I was born, in the midst of a run of family disasters. Mom's sister, Mickey, had been diagnosed with brain cancer; by the time of my mom's pregnancy, she had become terminally ill. A single mother with four kids, she asked my mom to take custody of her children. She died in March when Mom was four months pregnant with me.Even before Mickey passed away, Mom had started attending court hearings to decide who was to get custody of her children: my parents or Mickey's ex-husband. As my mom's stomach grew, so did the question of whether she would be caring for one child or five.As Mom split her time between court and visits to her sister in the nursing home, her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Shortly thereafter, her mother was diagnosed with skin cancer. It seemed impossible to have this much bad luck all at once.Recalling all this, Mom pauses for a moment. I imagine her sitting in the living room with blue carpet under her feet. The smell of water and rotting wood emanating from the kitchen. The sound of Dad's television upstairs. Our golden retriever, Tuck, in the entryway. Frost on the windows and the dim light of sixty-watt bulbs filling the interior. Lining up her thoughts before letting them all out in one rushed breath. I finally hear her exhale, slowly."There were two sides to this stretch of time. My personality is pretty resilient, but there was so much going on: my mom and dad getting cancer, Mickey dying, fighting for her kids…it was hard not to get down. The one positive in all of this was my pregnancy. We'd been married for three years, and your dad and I really wanted a baby. So we were leaning pretty heavily on the excitement of having our first kid."I listen on the other end of the line, knowing how the story ends, thinking about the crisis my birth must have been.The final surprise began on August 17 around six in the morning. Sleeping in their old waterbed, my mom woke up in a puddle, her nightgown drenched."Brian, I think the bed broke!" she cried, shaking him awake."Marie, I don't think it's the bed."Two weeks before I was due, Mom's water had broken. An hour later, they were at the local hospital. Their doctor was on vacation, and Mom's parents were in Utah for cancer treatment.After twelve hours, Mom was still waiting for her first contractions, so the doctors decided to try to induce the birth. Loaded up on Pitocin, a drug that jump-started a series of painful contractions, Mom went into hard labor around seven that night. Three hours later, I still hadn't come out, and Dad began to get excited."Hold on! A couple more hours and you can have him on your birthday!"Indeed, the hours inched along, and Mom's labor continued past the midnight mark. On August 18, I was born. She turned twenty-eight; I turned zero.I don't really like this bit. It's awkward asking my mom what those first few moments of having a legless kid were like. She must have wondered what kind of life her child would have. I can hear the tension in her voice as she tiptoes around the answer."Kevin, you were an exclamation point on a really tough couple of years."The rest of the phone conversation comes between pauses, white noise between the sighed-out details."I could tell from the look on the nurses' faces that something was wrong. I hadn't heard you cry. So I started asking, 'Is he crying? Is everything okay?' ""The doctor looked over at me and said, 'He doesn't have any legs.' I told him, 'That's not very funny.' He said, 'I'm not joking.' "Silence, as she collects her thoughts."The doctors handed you over after that. You were pretty tightly swaddled up in these white hospital blankets. The first thing I did was pull the end of the blanket out so that you looked long enough. "It was a long process of us becoming comfortable with who you were."I don't think that I would know what to do if I were to become the father of someone with a disability. At the very least, I'd probably be ashamed and disappointed. Knowing that I'd react this way makes me feel guilty for what my parents had to go through.I'm not as strong as my parents, I think to myself.Mom pulls me out of the spiral."I remember asking if stress could've caused…this. The doctor smiled at me. 'If stress caused it, there'd be babies without legs all over the place.'"After that, I can't remember what we asked out loud and what we thought inside."It all boiled down to one basic question, though: What could we have done to have caused this?My parents felt that there had to be an explanation; something like this couldn't just happen for no reason. In a way, knowing that a certain drug had been misused, or that there was a problem during my birth, would have been more comforting. At least then, this accident would have a cause.The doctors sent off the placenta for testing. A panel in another state found the pregnancy to be normal and the placenta to be healthy. Mom didn't take or do anything she shouldn't have.Dad raced home to ring his parents in Connecticut. They originally weren't going to come out for my birth, But once the information reached them about my lack of legs, Grandma and Grandpa hopped the next flight to Montana.My dad's parents met my mom's at the airport the next day. Already aware of the gravity of the situation, my grandma asked in a solemn tone: "So…how are things?"My mom's father laughed. "Everything's fine as long as you don't sling him over your shoulder, 'cause there's nothing to grab."While the concern, apprehension, and fear were real, a bit of black humor helped to loosen the knot of tension. Everyone had his or her own crack.The doctors: "He'll never be a professional basketball player, but that probably wasn't going to happen anyway."My dad: "Hell of a birthday present."Twenty-three years later, even I chime in: "After all that labor? Must've been like climbing forty flights of stairs for half a chocolate bar."Soon after the tests returned, I was given a label."The doctors said it was bilateral amelia. And I asked what that meant," Mom said.It basically means "no limbs." It's pretty simple. "Treat him like a normal guy, and he'll have a normal life," the doctor told her. Except "normal life" couldn't really begin yet, since the hospital held me for a week while I was placed under bright lights and tested to see what else could possibly be wrong. To top it off, only my mom and dad were able to hold me -- an activity that I'm told grandparents prize highly. Needless to say, the four grandpas and grandmas were getting pretty impatient.The doctors didn't budge or give an inkling as to how long they expected to keep me in the hospital. Finally, Dad had had enough. There was a house and a sock drawer retrofitted into a crib with my name on it."This shit isn't happening anymore," Dad said. "I'm taking him home.""Well, you can't. The medical proce --""I don't give a damn. I'm taking him home. You can figure out the rest."
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Table of Contents

1 Birth Day 1

2 Adaptations 9

3 What If? 15

4 Playground 27

5 Standard Issue 37

6 Dirtbags 47

7 Blind Support 57

8 Wounded Vigilante 69

9 Skateboard 81

10 Forced Blessings 97

11 Snapshot 121

12 Going for Broke 131

13 Money Motivations 145

14 The Dog Show 155

15 Tokyo Story 165

16 Slow Dancing 173

17 Sarajevo Roses 189

18 Parting 201

19 Home 211

epilogue: Old Hands 223

Acknowledgments 229

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Wow I am Breathless

    Hmm, Could I have done what Kevin Did I ask myself? Doubtful! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Connolly & was I blown away? No Just really really proud to have met such a warm individual who had to have a story worth reading & here it is. He writes like he talked that evening honestly & with a freshness that was absoultely amazing. I enjoyed every moment & will read again on my plane trip to Ireland.What he has accomplisehd would for a person with all there facets be amazing but Kevin takes it so easily in stride. If you can please go to his signings as he will make you feel good about life. Amazing book Mr. Connolly

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    Posted January 18, 2012

    A fith graders review

    A VERY good book that I enjoyed a lot,

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    I love it Hassna from Morocco

    This book is very interesting. It talked about Kevin's life and memoir. Kevin is the author of this book and he is a disabled person. His disability never stopped his adventures though. This book was very inspiring to me observing how a disabled person without legs faced so many challenges. Even people with all of their limbs cannot do as much with their life. Kevin's life was very difficult especially as he was not fully accepted by society which criticized him, stared at him, and bothered repeatedly with the same question, "What happened to your legs?"

    It is amazing how Kevin's disability pushed him forward to make so many changes. He was a champion skier and he visited many countries and took many photos of hundreds of people from different countries. I think the secret was that he stood up for himself and didn't become depressed and stay at home. His family supported him financially and emotionally and that made him feel like a normal person. This was a huge plus which urged him to overcome so many challenges.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Interesting

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    Interesting
    Kevin Michael Connolly's book, "Double Take", tell his memories about himself and how he did incredible things without having legs. Kevin was born in Helena, Montana in 1985 without legs. He demonstrated many talents when he was a child and despite all the laughs and bullying he got from people he did very well.
    Kevin was very bold and hardworking in whatever he did. His parents loved him and supported him in anything he did. He attended Montana State University in 2004 and majored in both photography and film production. After his first year of study, he transferred to the University of Canterbury as part of a study abroad program. Kevin was a man who did not like sitting in a wheelchair despite his lack of legs. He loved riding a skateboard with a backpack and this allowed to travel around the world to more than seventeen countries. While traveling he captured over 33,000 photographs of people staring at him. Lastly, Kevin demonstrated to the world that not having legs will not keep a person from doing what they know how to do best.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    A Inspiration

    This memoir of Kevin Connolly is an inspiration for me and for others. When I started to read this book I asked myself, "Why are you always complaining about simple stuff? Why can't you sometimes say I can do this?", I think that you need sometimes to hear a true story about others to realize that you have a wonderful and healthy life. Kevin is an inspiration for me because he showed me that no matter what obstacle you have in your life, it is not a reason to end your life. Kevin as a young guy, had ups and down in his life. He has a great sense of humor, a wonderful personality and you can really get to know him. His dedication and self motivation is what makes me admire him. From each of his travels you learn how to appreciate yourself. Sometimes his frustration was key to learning that if you want something, you have to fight for it. This shows me no to use excuses and put barriers in my life by saying I can't. Everybody has the ability to make their dreams to come truth.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Nothing can stop from living your life to the fullest.

    Kevin Michael Connolly was born without legs in Helena, Montana in 1985. He was the center of attraction for people that made them do a double take. He had had to undergo many adaptations in his life and endure some back jokes from people that sometimes used them in a good way just to break the ice.
    Being a disabled person was not a reason to stop him from being a normal person. He traveled around the world making friends from different countries and capturing everyone who stared at him along with some beautiful background in his photographs. He was a champion skier and his book is an inspiration for everybody.

    Arturo from Ecuador

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    I love this book. was very helpful to me.

    DOUBLE TAKE REVIEW I like this book because it is amazing and interesting. You should read it! This book is about Kevin Michael Connally who was born in Helena Montana in 1985 without legs. He was a healthy baby and when he grew up he went to the University of Montana. His majors were photography and film. Kevin was a very smart person. He used his unusual physique to create a gripping work of art. He liked sports and was champing mono-ski racer. When Kevin was twenty-five years old he had already seen the world in away that most people never will .He travel around the world on a skateboard. He took more than thirty thousand photos of people staring at him. These photographs evolved into a photo collection. People made up stories about what may have happened to him. And asked Kevin questions about what happened to his legs. It is natural that we as humans create stories and we tend to focus too much on a person's physicals outside than inside. Aqeela Almansuri

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Double Take is a good book read it you will like it.

    Double Take Review by M.M.T from Afghanistan The book of "Double Take" a memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly was very interesting, sad and funny. The book is full of emotions, laugh and stories. Connolly is a twenty five years old who been stared at his entire life. Connolly says that he is being stared at not because he is too handsome, talented or a gifted, but because he was born without legs. Connolly writes about his life and the things that he experienced as he grew up without legs. He tells his stories of his high school and of how he traveled around the world. Connolly loves his family and describes them as loving, loyal and caring. Connolly's father and grandfather worked really hard to help him grow up as a normal boy, knowing how to take care of himself. Connolly's life has been a subject of curiosity and stares, but he managed to challenge and even traveled around the world all by himself. Going to more than twenty countries. he also tried different sports he went for resling then ski. Cannolly is a champion skier and photographer; He took more than thirty thousand photographs during his world trip.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    Inspiration to read

    Bhola Sapkota
    12/9/2010 Double Take


    This is an inspiration to read

    The book, "Double Take", is inspiring. This is the true life story of Kelvin Michael Connolly. He was born in the small city of Montana and was like other children: getting dirty, running in the woods and etc. His parents were very dedicated to taking care of him from the day he was born though he did not have legs. They never neglected him. Kevin has seen the world in a way most of us never have. If you read this book, you will learn lots of things which people used to say where impossible for handicaps but Kevin succeeded it. He was a wrestler, a skater a photographer, etc. He also won the gold medal in the X games. He moved around the world countering many different challenges. He took a skateboard and a backpack on a tour around the world to more than seventeen countries including China, the Ukraine, Bosnia, and Japan. He captured over 33,000 photographs of people staring at him as well the books details; he was upset with lot of strangers always asking him one question, why don't you have legs?

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    DOUBLE TAKE A MEMOIR BY KEVIN MICHAEL CONNOLLY

    THIS BOOK IS INSPIRING

    I really liked this book! Kevin Michael Connolly was born in small town Helena, Montana in 1985. Born without legs he learned to do many amazing things. In the book he discussed the things a handicap person can do that and even some non-handicapped young guys cannot. He participated in different sports including; skiing which was held on the Montana Mountains. He was a champion in the X Games and this great achievement was very exciting for him, his family and his friends. His parents too were very supportive of him. They wanted to see their son to be as happy as any other kid, even though they sometimes lacked the ability to pay for his competition they did the best they could for him.
    Moving around the world on a skateboard as a young guy he fulfilled his dreams. Kevin faced many challenges and many questions like, `` Why don't you have legs?`` This particular question sounded stupid to him because he knew that even though a handicapped person is supposedly is incapable of doing things, he could do anything. Many people who saw this legless guy moving on a skateboard throughout the world thought he was homeless, or a beggar, or someone who was hurt in the war. Despite the various problems he went through on his trips, he never backed away from any challenge.
    Kevin was stared at a lot which made him feel bad. It made him feel was different from other people when he knew he was not. Sometimes when people saw him moving around on his skateboard they pitied him. He never wanted to have to always remain behind others. He did all he could to enjoy his life and was really adventurous moving through seventeen countries. There he captured over 33,000 photos of people staring at him and used them for his majors in photography and film production.
    Kevin was a really great teacher in doing what he did. He wanted to make people realize that there is no great different between the handicapped and the non-handicapped. They can also do great things like any normal person even though they are missing some part of their body which help them function or balance.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    This is an inspirational book, a good one to read!

    The book, 'Double-Take,' was written by Kevin Michael Connolly. The book contains the true story of his life. Kevin was born without legs in the state of Montana in the United States. Basically, the book is about his life without legs and how he adapted to his surroundings. Kevin didn't like his wheelchair and prosthetics at a very young age. Kevin's father contributed a lot for him. His mother also spend her time managing his clothes and other things. The book detailed how he was upset with his life because people were staring at him and asking him the same question over and over, "Why don't you have any legs?" Kevin was very inspired by his parents. Skating and photography were his main hobbies. He was most comfortable with skiing. He won the 2006 Winter X Games and he was awarded a lot of money and a silver medal as well. He visited more than seventeen countries including Japan, China, Ukraine and others. He captured over 33,000 photographs of people staring at him. The Rolling Exhibition is his collection of photographs taken during his travel around the world.
    He is energetic and optimistic. His book is inspirational. The book suggested doing something great in life and enjoying life. His message is to never lose hope and be optimistic. Generally, Life is a struggle.
    Prem Timsina

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Don't miss this oppertunity to read this book.

    This book is very interesting to read and is about Kevin Michael Connolly. This book was written by Kevin Michael Connolly, who is a twenty five year old man. He was born in Helena, Montana. He is a Photographer, a champion skier and a skateboarder. He is talented, handsome and an athletic but he was born without leg. Kevin took a skateboard and backpack on a tour around the world to more than seventeen countries including China, Japan, Bosnia, and Ukraine. He wrote a charming memoir. Connolly's memoir makes for an empowering read. He was born into a family that he describes as loving, loyal and matter of fact. Connolly writes that his father and grandfather were very helpful. Connolly appears to be an intelligent, fairly calm adult with a healthy sense of humility and humor. He's a good storyteller. He describes his first high school wrestling match, the path from learner to champion skier and like to travel around the world on a skateboard. Connolly also shares his memories of an important, significant moment: when he decided to use photography to gaze back at the people who stared at him. Interestingly enough, Kevin took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. Kevin Connolly has used some physical circumstance to create a spellbinding work of art. I really appreciate his work. I want to say," don't miss this opportunity to read his book".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2010

    This book is interesting

    This book is about the story of Kevin Michael Connolly, who was born without legs. He was born August 18, 1985 in Helena, Montana. He grew up like any other Montana kid surrounded by loving parents. Kevin is a very handsome, talented, and intelligent young person who was born with out legs. He is able do anything that a non disabled person can not do it. He was a high school wrestler,an unbeatable skater in college, and a one time silver medalist skiier in the X-games. Kevin has traveled around the world to numerous countries including China, New Zealand, Ukraine, Austria, Bosnia, and Japan. He captured thousands of photographs of people staring at him during his world travel.
    I loved this book because it was written with understandable words and short chapters. I loved the way kevin's family treated him. They cared a lot for their son and did not simple walk around feeling sorry for him. They shared their thoght with him. They encourage him and taught him to be tough and strong. God bless his parents and especially his dad, who gave his best to help kevin grasp his hopes, feelings, and interests.
    Abayneh Walie, From Ethiopia

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Overall Great Read!

    Double Take is an amazing memoir about Kevin's life experience without legs. His writing is captivating as you learn about his struggles, realizations, and joys throughout his young life. This book will even bring some perspective among your own life and how you view others.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    WONDERFUL!

    I bought this book after hearing the XGames commentators refer to Kevin as "the author", and am so glad I did. It was a great read, very eye openning and inspiring, and not once did Kevin go off on a self-pity path. He and his family seem to be an amazing group of people!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    I was appalled

    I did not like this book at all. I actually know people with missing limbs and they would never do such a thing as he did in his hometown parade and throughout the book I get the impression that the young man has quite a chip on his shoulder. Yes, I am sorry that you were born without legs, I am very empathic, but there are others who are worse off and cannot even get around like you. We all get stared at. . .just at a different angle. People are not being rude when they look at you, they are just curious. It's your reception of their curiousity that is the problem. Get on with your life, but remove the chip off your shoulder.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

    Amazing and Humorous Adventure Through Life!

    I read the book straight through, only stopping to sleep and snack. Kevin Connolly's book "Double Take" gave me the feeling of sitting by a campfire with intimate friends just back from distant parts unknown, listening to thier adventure tales that you know are true but hard to believe none the less. I seemed to go back and forth between laugh out loud moments to "damn.I can't believe he had the guts to do that.go there..expose himself in that way. Kevin has a gift of storytelling that makes you feel as if you were there with him..being stared at..wrestling with the angst, humor, curiosity, adventure, love lost. This book also made me ponder people and events that I have only explored at a surface level before. It was really thought provoking to rethink what it means to be "disabled". How, why, and who decides. His willingness to share and articulate experiences that so many people struggle with on some level who don't fit the norm may be cathartic not only for him but for many who don't have his ability to give voice to the good, the bad and the ugly of being physically different than the masses. Kevin Connolly may not be able to dance with feet but he can sure dance with words and proves that in his book "Double Take". This is a great read!!!

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    Posted December 29, 2010

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