No Mountain High Enoughby Kelly Linda Armstrong, Joni Rodgers (With), Lance Armstrong (Foreword by), Joni Rodgers
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 Lanceand 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 canand occasionally doestriumph over adversity.
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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.