I Am the Central Park Jogger
She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Hours later she arrives at the emergency room -- comatose -- with a fractured skull, an 85-degree body temperature, and she has lost so much blood that her doctors believe it's a miracle she's st...more
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I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it WAS very inspiring to read of Meili's amazing comeback. On the other hand -- and this says more about me than the book -- I kept reading it with an eye to the fact that she had a strong family, access to excellent medical care, financial resources, etc. I'm glad she got well, I thought she was brave, and I wondered whether we, as a society, would ...more
She defied the odds and with a tremendous amount of work she recovered sufficiently to go back to her job at Salomon Brothers and to be able again to go running, though n ...more
In the 17 years I've been working with people who have brain injuries, I have not encountered anyone with such a positive a ...more
Although the book was not great, it was likeable, but as Trisha's story is such an inspiration, I feel it could have been so much better.
I am amazed at how this lady found the courage and strength to recover so much and in such a short time, and it's remarkable how she gives hope to everyone who has suffered brain damage or injuries similar to hers.
I was let down that th ...more
This is what every woman is told to fear, right? Being beaten and raped while jogging alone in the dark. Stay off the trails! Don't go anywhere alone! If you do, carry mace! As much as I don't want it to be true, the fear is there. I walk home alone from the subway each night. I go for long rambling walks through secluded neighborhoods in and around Boston. I've never taken a self-defense class and I don't carry mace. And despite the story of the Central Park Jogger, I think, "It won't happ ...more
I got this book a while back to find out more about the Central Park Jogger, and I enjoyed hearing Meili's perspective as a survivor who remembers generally nothing about her attack. This first-person account of her healing process (something which continues to be in progress) focused on her emotional and physical recovery, and lays a narrative timeline for how she li ...more
there is no doubt that trisha is an extremely dedicated and hard-working soul. her persevering strength gave her the courage and resources needed to survive such an attack.
but nothing really struck me as memorable, except, that when she said near the end that there was someone she respected that she got the cou ...more
Fabulous book. It was like reliving my rehab struggles again.
A certain spot where she talked about finally having a bit of balance and the joy of being able to shave her legs. I completely know that....In rehab I decided to do the same thing. Chad came in a went into a panic seeing me trying to catch my balance, shave my legs and keep from passing out at the same time. And the simple joy that ca ...more
Hers is an interesting story and an impressive recovery, but the mind-body healing stuff gets a little repetitive if you've already long-since made that connection and/or been sold that particular bill of goods. Also, she glosses over the racial layers of the court cases and her own position of wealth and privilege as it relates to how people responded to her. That's her right, of course, bu ...more
I was a teen when Trisha Meili was attacked in Central Park, and lived in Canada, but even so I do remember this event. I didn't know specific details, however. I'm en ...more
I admire the courage of Trisha Meili and her ability to reclaim her life after the horrific, violent attack she experienced. She is a real inspiration to those who have suffered brain injury.
I also learned a lesson from her: Just because it is different, doesn't mean it's worse.
I feel so special as I have never rec'd an autographed copy but more special b/c from what I have read this lady is a miracle story coming thru the adversity she has...will see how it all plays out as I begin to read it.
Very good book...a good read for anyone that needs to read an inspirational read in regards to brain injury and / or rape. She is a strong woman and has come a long way in lif ...more