The RoadBack

The RoadBack

by michael vitez

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BN ID: 2940014500753
Publisher: michael vitez
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 635,757
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael T. Vitez has been a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 27 years. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for a series of stories about five people approaching the end of life. Vitez has taught classes in narrative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. He is also a former Michigan Journalism Fellow. He is the author of Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps. (2006) He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily. And for 12 years, he has organized the annual Erlton Triathlon at his local swim club!
You can read more about him, and read previous works, even excerpts from this book, at his website,

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The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sallylou61 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book tells the amazing story of Matt Miller, a University of Virginia pre-med student, who was seriously injured in a bicycle/car accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. An anesthesiologist witnessed the accident, and saved Matt¿s life there on the road. Matt was airlifted to the University of Virginia Hospital where he received excellent care, and greatly surpassed the expectations of the doctors and medical staff attending him. The swiftness of his recovery was nothing less than astonishing. For example, although his accident occurred in early November, Matt was discharged from the hospital by Thanksgiving to go ¿home¿ to his parents¿ vacation condo at Wintergreen, a resort near Charlottesville, where he lived with his mother as he recovered. Matt aced a physics test less than six weeks after the accident! Matt was a very goal-oriented person who made goals towards his recovery, classwork, and physical exercise and pushed himself to reach them although he adjusted goals when necessary. Matt was also helped by having the strong support of his family, his girlfriend Emily Privette, his former swimming coach, a doctor he had been shadowing, some colleagues of his father, and friends.Although Matt Miller is definitely the focus of the story, Mr. Vitez, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, expertly weaves the stories of the other people impacted by the accident into the book. Mr. Vitez tells something about these people¿s backgrounds and the way they were affected by the accident and Matt¿s recovery. Besides the Miller family and Emily, these people include those listed as being his other supporters, plus the doctor and his wife who cared for Matt at the accident scene, and the driver of the car involved in the accident.An excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This amazing story is an incredible reminder of what matters most in this world- family, relationships, hard-work and hope. I hung on every word and didn't want the story to end. After reading this story I will always find hope in any situation.
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