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Still Me

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,658 ratings  ·  122 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 (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
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
Joolz
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.
John
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
Justin
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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Ashley
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
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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Travis
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
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
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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Rachel Hansen
Jun 20, 2015 Rachel Hansen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Casey Elizabeth
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
Shareen Wornson
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!
Tina
I knew going into this how horrible spinal cord injuries are but to hear someone describe the experience in detail-accident, rehab, adjusting to life afterwards-gives you a whole new perspective and appreciation for being able to do the simplest of things on your own. Reeve went from a highly active individual, completely independent, to someone who needed round the clock assistance with everything so it was a jarring change for him and he describes his initial difficulties in adjusting to all t ...more
Jaana
This is one of the saddest books I've ever read. And the worst part is that it is a true story.
Superman becoming a quadriplegic - how ironic is that? Sometimes fate certainly has a very twisted sense of humour.
On the other hand, it is also one of the most uplifting stories I've read. There is such amount of hope and willpower which is almost superhuman, considering the tragedy and extreme change of life. To me, Christopher Reeve truly proved himself Superman after the tragic accident.
Though the
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Camille
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
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
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.
Dez
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"
Sarah
I read this book at work years ago. In light of Robin Williams death, I thought back to this book, and how rarely anyone speaks about the relationship between Reeve and Williams, which I was really touched by. The strength of this book, of course, is how it talks about finding the will to live even under dire circumstances... like becoming a quadriplegic. As someone who knows what it's like to suffer from depression, I found this book inspiring. Because even when things seem to be "ok," they are ...more
Linda
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.
Victoria Roe
Without doubt my favourite autobiography. I sometimes struggle to read biogs, often thinking they're either full of misery or somewhat gloating. Luckily this is neither, despite Chris Reeve's exceptional life both before and after his accident. The book is never self-pitying, but does manage to be incredibly moving throughout - hearing his thoughts as he comes to terms with his accident is heart-rending but also very uplifting. I picked it up this time in particular to revisit the sections where ...more
Catherine
While this book tells about Reeve's injury and his life, I appreciated that he realized that his experience was one of privileged. Although it was hard for him to do anything, he became a champion of those who were not celebrities, who couldn't afford proper care, and who were warehoused in care centers.

I enjoyed hearing about the love he had for his children and Dana and that he reconciled with his father. It was also eye opening to learn about his care after his accident - wow. His love for t
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Andrea
What an amazing story of triumph in the face of tragedy.
Hung-ya
Read this book right away when it first came out and thought it was truly brilliant. I was a kid who barely knew anything much about movies, plays of that sort but I did follow Christopher Reeve' s Superman series. He remained the Superman in my heart. It is brilliantly written and a fantastic read to get to know about him. Still remember the day when he and his family were invited to host the New Year' s Eve ball drop at Time Square, New York, more than a decade ago. Read this book twice and no ...more
Sue Williams
First, let me say that I have the first edition so it does not have the new afterward. I had only know Christopher Reeve as Superman. At that time I wasn't interested in knowing anything about the private lives of movie stars. Christopher tells of his childhood and his life up until he wrote this book. Much of the book tells of his professional life as an actor and the amazing people he worked with. He tells of what was going on with himself emotionally on Memorial Day 1995 before his accident a ...more
Kim Iverson
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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Redfox5
I didn't really know anything about Christopher Reeve beforehand. Apart from that he was Superman. I didn't even know he was dead until I showed my parents the book I was reading today. Which made me sad when reading the last bit because he sounds so hopeful for the future. I think the fact that he managed to be so positive after his accident and how he went about helping others like him by raising money and awareness for research was very inspiring. He had alot going for him before the acident ...more
sab
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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Shannon
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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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?” 4 likes
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