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Still Me

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,009 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Through his leading role in the three Superman films, Christopher Reeve became so closely identified with the superhero that he wasn't just seen as the actor who played Superman, he was Superman. Which is why the tragic riding accident which left him paralysed from the neck down shocked the world. Superman was not superhuman. It is also why he is now the world's most recog ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Arrow (first published 1998)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
4.5 stars

Being a huge Superman fan, of course I already knew who Christopher Reeve was. He soared into the sky in the original Superman and its sequels when I was born and growing up, but sadly I didn’t pay the man in the blue cape much attention until I became a superhero fan later in life. Even if I wasn’t a big fan of the movies or any of the stories back then, I was one of many who heard the tragic news of his riding accident. I remember my father, who always loved Superman, who always loved
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Kressel Housman
Before his accident, I never gave Christopher Reeve much thought. He’s one of the handsomest men I’ve ever seen, and I enjoyed "Superman I" and "Somewhere in Time," but none of that had much impact on my life. I just don’t go crazy over movie stars. After his accident, though, I couldn’t help but feel for him, and the whole thing was so ironic. "Superman" became a quadriplegic. As he became more of an advocate for the disabled, then I really began to admire him, but I didn’t know the half of it ...more
Ashley Daviau
Jan 28, 2017 Ashley Daviau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to get through this book, but I'm just over halfway through and I can feel it dragging me into a reading slump and so I've decided to put it down. I really thought this would be an extremely interesting read but it was very dry and fragmented. It went back and forth through his life in such a random and unclear way that I had trouble following what was happening. This was definitely a big disappointment!
Joolz
Jul 28, 2011 Joolz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, poignant, heart breakingly tragic. A grand book by a brave and grand man. Made me feel rather pathetic about moaning about the state my kids leave there rooms in, and the fact that I have to wash up yet again. Talk about a time to reflect!!! I still think of this as a book that had the most effect upon my psyche. Read it and change the way you behave or act, we owe it to the fact that we are alive and well. Dont waste your life.
Sherry (sethurner)
"A few months after the accident I had an idea for a short film about a quadriplegic who lives in a dream. During the day, lying in his hospital bed, he can't move, of course. But at night he dreams that he's whole again, and is able to do anything and go everywhere. "
I'm writing this and Christopher Reeve has died, but he was still alive when I read his memoir. I held off for a long time before I read it, and that was silly because it's an inspiring book. I couldn't detect any self pity (or sel
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Ashley
Jul 18, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by the actor Christopher Reeve a couple years after the accident that left him quadriplegic. He skips around between his rise to fame and life up until the accident and his life post-accident. He is so engaging, and it was interesting to read about what everyday life is like for someone who has to live with an unexpected disability of this kind. I think that this is an especially important book for anyone who is in the medical field, especially therapists and nurses. It's s ...more
Travis
Apr 05, 2012 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. This gives remarkable insight into Christopher Reeve. I have always admired and respected him. This has deepened that respect. He is brutally honest about his feelings as he dealt with his accident. He was very depressed, to the point of wondering if it wouldn't be better if his life were to end. He was still struggling with those feelings three years later, when he wrote the book. He said that the experience had changed his definition of what makes a hero. Instead of being ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I was so excited to read this book. Christopher Reeve as Superman is such an iconic figure for my generation. The writing wasn't stellar, but I didn't mind that because it is his story, written in his language. There was more scientific knowledge shared than I was expecting, but that was interesting. I loved reading about his personal life and career. Several moments that made me smile such as the little boy living in the apartment where they shot the cat scene in Superman. I normally would not ...more
John
Mar 08, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-biographies
One of the best and most moving biographies I've ever come across. Reeve tells his amazing story with honesty, wit, humility and humour. While both parts of his life (pre and post accident) are very impressive, he wisely mixes things up to keep the reader engaged - perhaps illustrating his point that all aspects of life -- career, family/personal relationships and internal growth -- are interconnected. I was a casual fan of some of Reeves' work before his injury, but his post-accident work and a ...more
Denise
Mar 12, 2017 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoires
Despite the excruciatingly painful personal story that Cristopher Reeve narrates in this autobiographical book, it's really moving and inspiring to read about himself as a human being. He takes us in a trip down memory lane, from his childhood, family issues, love, acting and his deepest fears and desires. He tells us how he mastered his craft and became the meticulous and professional actor that he was. And even after the unfortunate accident that left him prostrated in a wheelchair, he was sti ...more
Justin
Oct 15, 2013 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was required reading in a class for my occupational therapy graduate studies program. The intention behind the assigned reading was to familiarize ourselves with and better empathize with someone's struggles after a severe spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, Mr. Reeve's writing made it very difficult for me to empathize with his challenges. There are probably a thousand people waiting to condemn me to hell for saying so, but there it is.

Hopefully, other thoughtful reviewers will allow m
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Jessica O'Keefe
Aug 26, 2015 Jessica O'Keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from one of those "Free Libraries" that have been popping up around neighborhoods, where someone will build a little box, and fill it with a small collection of books to share, inviting anyone to "Take One, Leave One." How glad I was to come across this.

Unbelievable story. Smart, intelligent writing that delves into expressing Reeve's turmoil, and grief but also a fascinating remembrance of his many achievements in his career and personal life. All this is told with open ho
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Casey Elizabeth
Mar 11, 2015 Casey Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book i have ever read. The personal, autobiographical account of how "Super Man" - which was not only a role but also pretty akin to the fortune, athleticism, and pinnacle success of his real human life - could suddenly wake up and find himself on the entirely other side of the pendulum. The amount of psychological processing and coming to terms and, for all reasons, basically living as two different people within one lifetime... I'm not sure another book can come close. This autobiography ...more
bookme4life
I read this a few years ago, so I can't give a close review of the book. I picked it up interested in how Christopher Reeve's life changed after the accident that left him a quadriplegic. I'm not a Superman fan, but as the book's primary focus was not on that, it wasn't a problem for me.

If anything, I came away from this book with a strong appreciation for Reeve's wife, and the great significance she was to his coping and existence. Reeve's own struggles to rediscover himself on the other side o
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Shareen Wornson
Apr 16, 2010 Shareen Wornson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Reeve was an AMAZING man and he wrote an amazing tale about his life! I highly recommend this book. In memoir form he lets us in on his life - before and after his life changing accident. I laughed out loud and I sobbed as well. I felt very blessed and touched by his life story and can't wait to read his other one. That one I have downloaded from audible.com because he actually narrates it himself. Should be great!
Dez
Sep 21, 2010 Dez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book when it first came out, and I make reference to it all the time. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman. He had to over come some big obstacles after the accident, thanks to his wife Dana's loving support he realized he was "still me"
Camille
May 27, 2008 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Reeve writes in his own words about his life as an actor before his accident that paralyzed him, and his life after the accident. Very eye opening and thought provoking. I often found myself asking "How would I handle this situation?" He was definitely an inspiration to many people.
Shea
Jul 14, 2008 Shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
As a fan of biographies I picked this one up as soon as it came out. I think it is a wonderful book and Christopher Reeve was a remarkable human being. We can all learn a little about how much we have to appreciate after reading this memoir. Christopher Reeve really was a Super Man.
Mischelle
Mar 09, 2009 Mischelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching autobiography from Reeve. I thought that my family was totally dysfunctional. My sisters and I didn't get along when we were growing up.
I really thought that Reeve was going to make it through his handicap. I read this way before he died.
Andrea
Jun 24, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story of triumph in the face of tragedy.
Linda
Sep 30, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great look into the life of Christopher Reeve and his coming to terms with his life as a paraplegic. Poignant and interesting. Watch for a little foul language.
Space
May 06, 2012 Space rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a good book. It's a great insight into the world of the quadriplegic, as well as the mind of Chris Reeve. Very sad, and very touching as you try to put yourself in his position. He talks about feeling trapped in a body that you can't move, almost like you're only a mind now - no longer a person. That must be terrifying.

Aside from all the this happened to Superman quips and all that, it really was a strange irony that such a small thing put him in that condition. When you read about all
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~3 hrs. Read by CR himself.

Description from the back cover of the hardback: When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?' I remember the glib response I repeated so many times. My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences--a soldier who crawls out of a foxhole to drag an injured buddy to safety. And I also meant individuals who are slightly larger than life: Houdini and Lindbergh, John Wayne, JFK, and
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sab
Jun 23, 2008 sab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am truly moved.
Nope, the writing isn't so great nor would I recommend this to you if you are uninterested in spinal cord injuries, the theater world or Christopher Reeve.
But,
man,
his perseverance, his wife's perseverance (I can't even think about her own outcome 10 months later without losing it), his children's strength...and just learning about his life journey up until that point is all so wild and unpredictable and amazing and horrible. He and his family made the best of a disgusting, un-n
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Alan
Sep 19, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perseverance. Christopher Reeve used a lot of it to overcome his biggest obstacle. Chris truly lives up to the title of Superman by overcoming what seems to be an impossible obstacle. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I grew up with Superman. As a kid, I would watch the first Superman over and over again. For me, Superman has always been Christopher Reeve. Even though I like Henry Cavill as Superman right now, There will never be a Superman like Christopher Reeve. Even after the accident that ren ...more
Jackie
Jun 28, 2016 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Reeve classic over-achiever and he wrote this great book about his life, before and after his accident. I like the way he interweaves his life story with his subsequent life in the wheelchair, down to the minutest detail of what it's like to suddenly be completely dependent on caregivers for literally everything. It makes the contrast all the more striking.

I never met him but in the 70s he happened to live in the same coop apartment building on West 78th Street in Manhattan as my fat
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Saurabh Sharma
Jun 27, 2012 Saurabh Sharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became a fan of Christopher Reeve when I was 5 years old. Of course then I didn't know he was called Christopher Reeve because for me he was simply 'Superman'. Reeve for those unfamiliar played the Man of steel in 4 Superman movies from 1978-1987. Infact, it was this iconic role that propelled him from being a small time actor into becoming a house hold name the world over and a Hollywood superstar. I absolutely adored Christopher Reeve and so my review here might be biased.

Having said that n
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Shannon
Jul 03, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
July 1, 2013: Ordered the book online
July 3: Book arrived in the mail; started reading
July 6: Finished the book

Yeah, I got through this book pretty fast. I found it honest, straightforward, informative, and interesting. It's kinda sad reading it, knowing what happened after the time period of the book (i.e., the early deaths of both Christopher and Dana Reeve), but you still finish the book feeling hopeful.

This was a spontaneous reading choice, and I think what convinced me to read it was random
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Rachel Hansen
Jun 20, 2015 Rachel Hansen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy memoirs
Recommended to Rachel by: my bookclub
Shelves: book-club
I think I was expecting anecdotes about Hollywood and a focus on a career interrupted by a terrible accident. But the depth of this book surprised me. The story Christopher Reeve tells covers interesting background regarding his upbringing and emphasizes his lifelong struggle to balance career/family with his growth/integrity as an artist. He also writes thoughtfully on how his accident caused him to become more politically active, especially in regards to corporate citizenship.

Here's one of my
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Kim Iverson
Mar 06, 2014 Kim Iverson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Powerful Book - Most people probably know of the story of Christopher Reeve and his accident that left him in a wheelchair. We watched it on the news, we heard the stories, at some point we came across the it somehow.

This book not only chronicles what he remembers happening right up to the accident, and after, but also his life story. Things about him that I never knew, things about him that I didn't realize I would relate to. He's honest and poignant as he tells his story. He details what he
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Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He established himself early as a Juilliard-trained stage actor before portraying Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent in four films, from 1978 to 1987. In the 1980s, he starred in several films, including Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), The Bostonians (1984), and Street Smart (1987). He also starred in many plays, ...more
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“I have to stop this cascade of memories, or at least take them out of their drawer only for a moment, have a brief look, and put them back. I know how to do it now: I have to take the key to acting and apply it to my life. There is no other way to survive except to be in the moment. Just as my accident and its aftermath caused me to redefine what a hero, I've had to take a hard look at what it means to live as fully as possible in the present. How do you survive in the moment when it's bleak and painful and the past seems so seductive?” 6 likes
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