The shark attacked while she was snorkeling, tearing through Micki Glenn’s breast and shredding her right arm. Her husband, a surgeon, saved her life on the spot, but when she was safely home she couldn’t just go on with her life. She had entered an even more profound survival journey: the aftermath.
The survival experience changes everything because it invalidates all your previous adaptations, and the old rules don’t apply. In some cases survivors suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they have to work hard to reinvent themselves. Drawing on gripping cases across a wide range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales fashions a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit. Micki Glenn was later moved to say: “I don’t regret that this happened to me. [It] has been . . . probably the single most positive experience I’ve ever had.”
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Prologue: No Way Home 1
1 Be Here Now: From Victim to Rescuer 9
2 The Crocodile Within: The Burden of Invisible Memory 20
3 The Way of Survival: Rage in the Realm of the Spirits 36
4 The Gift of Adversity: A Survivor's Attitude and the Personal Scum Line 50
5 The Tyranny of Reason: Blindsight, Gut Feelings, and the Sixth Sense 66
6 Want It, Need It, Have It: Of Phantom Limbs and Children 87
7 See One, Do One, Teach One: The Secret of Seeking 103
8 "Please, God, Let Me Kill Her": Dismantling the Self 120
9 Searching for Frankenstein: Knitting with Words 132
10 Lessons from Ishmael: The Neurophysiology of Travel 145
11 The Bear: One Flew East, One Flew West 161
12 The Bricklayer: The Long Way Home 176
13 The Courage to Suffer: If He Can Do It, You Can, Too 187
14 The Science of Adaptation: There's No Revenge Like Success 201
15 The Rules of Life 210
Author's Note 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mine is one of many stories in this book, of survival and its aftermath. Almost ten years ago, following a physically and emotionally devastating shark attack, I shunned the media and denied all interviews. When author Laurence Gonzales asked whether he could include my story in this book, I felt certain that it was time, and that his book is the right venue. His previous best seller, Deep Survival, changed the way I look at the physical world. Surviving Survival changed the way I look at everything. My story is horrific enough, but as I read the stories of the other survivors included in this book, and the after-journey each of them has traveled, I felt awed and humbled. Laurence does a brilliant job of putting the reader in the moment. The most poignant story for me in this book is that of a Holocaust survivor. I've read many accounts in the past, but this is so raw and painful and riveting and so deeply personal that I literally had to put the book down in the middle of it and walk away for several hours before I could continue reading. I wish that every person enduring divorce, or suffering the loss of a loved one, who's battling cancer, or coping with traumatic injury or stress, could read this book. It is both sobering in its intensity, and a soothing balm in terms of leading you through the coping mechanisms and survival journey of others. Masterfully written is an over-used term, but in this case I can't think of a better fit. Thank you Laurence for this fabulous book.
I'm enjoying this book very much. I like how it goes beyond what was survived to how they are now doing and what it has taken them to get there. It is very inspirational and has given some great insight. Not just about survival but PTSD. It really points out how it is extremely natural to have some of the responses one does after a traumatic event. It might cause triggers in some people with PTSD, but the book is definitely worth reading. The understanding is immeasurable.