Just Breathe Normally (American Lives)

By: Shumaker, Peggy

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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.

Title: Just Breathe Normally (American Lives)

Author Name: Shumaker, Peggy

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803210957

ISBN Number 13: 9780803210950

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803210957Z2

Description: 0803210957 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!