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Lance Armstrong has dazzled the world with his six straight Tour de France championships, his winning personality, and his poignant victory over life-threatening cancer. Yet the adage that "behind every strong man there is a stronger woman" has never been more true than in Lance's case. His mother, Linda Armstrong Kelly, is a force of nature whose determination, optimism, and sheer joie de vivre not only nurtured one of our era's greatest athletes but fueled her own transformation from a poverty-stricken teen in ...
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Lance Armstrong has dazzled the world with his six straight Tour de France championships, his winning personality, and his poignant victory over life-threatening cancer. Yet the adage that "behind every strong man there is a stronger woman" has never been more true than in Lance's case. His mother, Linda Armstrong Kelly, is a force of nature whose determination, optimism, and sheer joie de vivre not only nurtured one of our era's greatest athletes but fueled her own transformation from a poverty-stricken teen in the Dallas projects to a powerful role model for mothers everywhere. This luminous memoir, written with humor and compassion, tells Linda's story of survival.

Kicked out of her home at the age of seventeen when she refused to get an abortion, dismissed from high school for being pregnant, and mired in an abusive relationship, Linda was a perfect candidate for disaster. But armed with a fierce belief in herself as a work in progress, and buoyed by a tidal wave of love for her little boy, Linda flouted statistics and became both a corner-office executive and a no-nonsense, empowering mom whose desire to excel was contagious. Her resolve to find "the diamond in the Dumpster, the blessing in every bummer" set an extraordinary example for Lance—and will inspire everyday moms to dream big and make a difference.

Funny, resonant, down-to-earth, and utterly unforgettable, No Mountain High Enough is exhilarating proof that sheer willpower can—and occasionally does—triumph over adversity.
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A memoir written by a famous athlete's mother may seem like a blatant attempt to cash in on yet another aspect of the athlete's celebrity. Yet Kelly, mother of six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has managed to turn out an honest, fun and engaging account of her life. For the most part, this is Kelly's story, in which Lance plays a key supporting role. Kelly painstakingly recounts her 1960s Texas childhood with a poor mother who moved the family (sans Kelly's father, who abandoned them) from one lousy apartment to the next. Though self-sufficient-she landed a job at a KFC when she was only 13-Kelly was thrown for a loop when she unexpectedly became pregnant (with Lance) as a junior in high school. She made the most of her limited circumstances, raising Lance alone. They'd eat mac and cheese and play silly games at home instead of going out to the movies; they got used to "stumbling and getting up again." Kelly relates their trials-as well as the string of less-than-perfect boyfriends and husbands she went through-in a winningly homey and self-teasing manner. Not surprisingly, when the issue of Lance's cancer arises later in the book and mother and son endure brutal rounds of chemotherapy, readers' heartstrings get thoroughly strummed, though not unnecessarily so. This is a sincerely heartwarming tale, laced with true Texas grit. Agent, David Hale Smith. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Maybe cyclist Lance Armstrong is such a winner because of his remarkable mom. Here's her story. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The mother of renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong tells her own story, looking back on years filled with childhood poverty, teenage pregnancy, a disapproving mother, an alcoholic father, workplace hurdles, abusive husbands-and lots of love flowing to and from her son. Fifty-year-old Kelly (the name she took from her current husband, number four) grew up in Dallas housing projects without amenities. She performed well in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, however, until becoming involved with one of the fast guys. Pregnant at 16, giving birth to Lance at 17, Kelly convinced the biological father to marry her. But he was frequently irresponsible and restless, eventually leaving his wife and son. Without any college education, Kelly struggled to find secretarial jobs that would pay the bills, and, after years of proving herself in the workplace, she became a telecommunications company executive with vast responsibilities. Proving herself in the world of marriage turned out to be harder. Husband number two was an abusive philanderer. Number three was considerate but lost job after job because of alcoholism. Only after Lance Armstrong achieved fame and wealth as a world-class athlete did Kelly find the quality husband she had been seeking for decades. Working with professional writer and cancer survivor Rodgers (Bald in the Land of Big Hair, 2001), Kelly touches hearts and minds in chapter after chapter. This is especially true when she recounts how she helped Lance beat life-threatening testicular cancer diagnosed when he was 25. Then she cheered him through his recovery until he won the Tour de France for a record sixth time. Some of the story has been told by Armstrong in It'sNot About the Bike. But most of the material is fresh. Toward book's end, the saga moves to a new generation, now that Kelly is grandmother to Lance's children. Occasionally cliched, occasionally maudlin, but, overall, candid, thoughtful, and compelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786276646
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Series: Thorndike Biography Ser.
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Persistence pays off

    Being a single mom in similar situations to the author, I found her life story encouraging and inspiring.... as I had a hunch I would when I intuitively bought the book on display in the store. I'm so glad the focus was not on the achievements of her famous son (because I've already read his book and a few other biographies of his life and wins), but on her own struggles to find success in life, both professionally and personally. I especially love the fact that she didn't give credence to conventions or odds to achieve her personal victories. Perhaps it was even her mission in life to go against the grain. Very close to home, probably the reason this slow reader finished this reading in record time.

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