Just Breathe Normally

Just Breathe Normally

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by Peggy Shumaker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803210957

ISBN-13: 9780803210950

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska


Just Breathe Normally opens with a traumatic accident. Shattered perceptions and shards of narrative recount the events, from wreck through recovery and beyond. In lyric prose, the stories spiral back through generations to touch on questions of mortality and family, immigration and migration, legacies intended or inflicted.
 
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Just Breathe Normally opens with a traumatic accident. Shattered perceptions and shards of narrative recount the events, from wreck through recovery and beyond. In lyric prose, the stories spiral back through generations to touch on questions of mortality and family, immigration and migration, legacies intended or inflicted.
 
In the wake of her near-fatal cycling collision, Peggy Shumaker searches for meaning within extremity. Through a long convalescence, she reevaluates her family’s past, treating us to a meditation on the meaning of justice and the role of love in the grueling process of healing. Her book, a moving memoir of childhood and family, testifies to the power of collective empathy in the transformations that make and remake us throughout our lives.
 
We all live with injury and loss. This book transforms injury, transforms loss. Shumaker crafts language unlike anyone else, language at once poetic and profound. Her memoir enacts our human desire to understand the fragmented self. We see in practice the power of words to restore what medical science cannot: the fragile human psyche and its immense capacity for forgiveness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803210950
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
American Lives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Just Breathe Normally 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The ability to overcome pain and damage may be one's greatest asset. Shumaker allows us to view the traumas of her life ... starting with the accident that nearly ended it ... and -- in an attempt to reconstruct the lost memories -- other wrecks and pitfalls as she grew up. She questions her own values, and learns from what she decides matters most -- simply being able to return to a normal life she treasures. Insights such as these may offer others the ability to recover ... a worthwhile objective, by most anyone's standards.