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Double Take: A Memoir [Paperback]

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Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries on his skateboard, including Bosnia, China, Ukraine, and Japan. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. In this dazzling memoir, Kevin Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. From the home of his family in Helena, Montana, to the streets of Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Kevin's remarkable journey will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.

Item Specifications...

Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   HarperStudio
ISBN  0061791520  
EAN  9780061791529  


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Double Take: A Memoir  Jan 16, 2010
Kevin Connolly is an accomplished young American, twenty-three eyars old. He was a high school wrestler, a competitive downhill skier in college, and a silver medalist in the X Games broadcast around the world. He's traveled to numerous places on the globe, usually seen moving along on a skateboard. He's had his photographs exhibited by the Smithsonian, and has a girlfriend in New Zealand.

Did I happen to mention that he was born without legs? No. Maybe that's because Connolly does not view himself as disabled.

Reading this memoir reminds the reader that perspective is everything. Not only is it entertaining, but there are several points where you'll find yourself laughing out loud. Connolly does not take pity on himself; instead he focuses on the fact that he's already had a great life and he's well known. Maybe if Connolly had been born with legs he'd have been an average Kevin who never left Montana.

This is a memoir unusually illustrated with some of Connolly's photos of shocked people staring at him. It is an inspiring read about a human being who doesn't concern himself with what he has lost or never had. He's a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us.

Reviewed by Joseph Arellano
 
Quick read - Not my usual reaction to a book  Jan 6, 2010
Great first published book. Took me no time to read through this memorable book. It was so packed with the story it has no fluff - would of actually liked more fluff like reading more about those Macgyver inspirations! Kevin is a good man and good storyteller - probably few men are this open with their feelings. I think he probably is one of those people that you are left better for having met. A must read.
 
A Must Read! I could not Put it Down!  Nov 10, 2009
From start to finish this book had me wanting more. It truly is a gripping life story about somebody you can relate to. There is just the right ammount of humor, drama, and human spirit that anybody can enjoy this tale. I cannot reccommend this book enough. I have already told countless friends to give it a shot and the ones who have read it agree, this is worth a read. Kevin Michael Connolly takes you on a journey and lets you feel what it's like to be in his "boot", to see, and feel things from his perspective. This book also contains photos from his project which just adds to the reasons you should buy this book. I could not put this down, I read it in a day because of how gripping it was. I'm no skilled writer so I cannot fully do this fine literary work enough justice, so go on read it, you know you want to.
 
Reality check  Nov 10, 2009
Kevin's book is a reality check for anyone who feels like whining and complaining about their life. It is wonderfully written with each sentence and chapter jumping from the pages. Kevin is a very handsome, articulate, intelligent young man who was born without legs. His entire life has been spent dealing with the ramifications of being legless in a culture that highly values "fitting in" and physical attributes. He is funny, insightful, open, honest, and the best antidote for ever feeling sorry for yourself. Read this book and your views of what it means to be disabled, along with your behavior toward the disabled, will be altered in a positive manner forever. Thank you Kevin for sharing your life with us.
 
This is a GREAT read!  Nov 5, 2009
I read the book straight through, only stopping to sleep and snack. Kevin Connolly's book "Double Take" gave me the feeling of sitting by a campfire with intimate friends just back from distant parts unknown, listening to thier adventure tales that you know are true but hard to believe none the less. I seemed to go back and forth between laugh out loud moments to "oh my gosh...I can't believe he had the guts to do that...go there....expose himself in that way. Kevin has a gift of storytelling that makes you feel as if you were there with him....being stared at....wrestling with the angst, humor, curiosity, adventure, love lost. This book also made me ponder people and events that I have only explored at a surface level before. It was really thought provoking to rethink what it means to be "disabled". How, why, and who decides. His willingness to share and articulate experiences that so many people struggle with on some level who don't fit the norm may be cathartic not only for him but for many who don't have his ability to give voice to the good, the bad and the ugly of being physically different than the masses. Kevin Connolly may not be able to dance with feet but he can sure dance with words and proves that in his book "Double Take". This is a great read!!!

 

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