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Double Take: A Memoir
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Born without legs, raised in Montana, and now a skateboarding world traveler, Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most people never will. His internationally acclaimed photo series, The Rolling Exhibition, which encompasses seventeen countries and more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him, has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.

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Photographer, champion skier and skateboarder Connolly has been stared at his entire 23-year life. Not because he's handsome, talented and athletic (all true), but because he has no legs. He was born without them, but born into a family that he describes as loving, loyal and matter-of-fact. Connolly writes that his father and grandfather-inspired by several seasons of MacGyver-engineered numerous devices to help the growing boy manage everyday tasks, from using light switches to pitching in on chores, and he was well prepared for his first day of school because his mother led countless "What would you do if...?" conversations. Connolly appears to be an intelligent, fairly unflappable adult with a healthy sense of humility and humor. He's a good storyteller, too, whether describing his first high school wrestling match, the path from novice to champion skier or what it's like to travel around the world on a skateboard. Connolly also shares his memories of an important, defining moment: when he decided to use photography to gaze back at the people who stared at him. "Each photo was a miniature catharsis," he writes, adding, "Finally, I was able to find my own use for that stare, and it felt good." His photos, 19 of which serve as chapter dividers, became part of The Rolling Exhibition, which was shown worldwide, including at the Smithsonian. The images are beautiful, revealing and stimulating-just like his narrative. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs." -- Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "[A] charming memoir... Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid-one who happened to be born without legs...[Double Take] makes for an empowering read." -- People "A courageous, immensely rewarding chronicle expressed in arresting words and pictures." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Life's most successful survivors meet adversity head on, with an unflinching eye, candor and with humor. Kevin Connolly has such an eye and weaves a rich memoir from the gut about his amazing journey through life." -- Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant "Beautiful, revealing, and stimulating...[Connolly] is a good storyteller...whether describing his first high school wrestling match, the path from novice to champion skier or what it's like to travel around the world on a skateboard." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Touching and comedic, inspiring and telling...[Double Take] is a remarkable portrait of the human spirit." -- The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co "[Double Take] reminds the reader that perspective is everything. It's an inspiring read about a human being who doesn't concern himself with what he has lost or never had. [Kevin Connolly] is a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us." -- Sacramento Book Review

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