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Just Breathe Normally opens with a traumatic accident. Shattered perceptions and shards of narrative recount the events, from wreck through recovery and beyond. In lyric prose, the stories spiral back through generations to touch on questions of mortality and family, immigration and migration, legacies intended or inflicted.

In the wake of her near-fatal cycling collision,

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Published September 1st 2007 by University of Nebraska Press
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Bonnie Brody
This is a beautiful and insightful memoir. After being injured in a horrific accident, the
author reflects on her life as she recuperates. Between episodes of 'Law and Order' which
she watches incessantly during her recuperation, she peers deeply into her childhood and
adult experiences. I watched 'Law and Order' during a recuperation, too, and I wonder
what it is about this series that helps healing or works to abate the horrible boredom that
accompanies recuperation.

The book is both poignant and br
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Sayantani
Brief essays. Jewels.
lexo philia
This is a beautiful book of vignettes and essays, all written around the central event of a devastating bicycle accident Shumaker suffered. Though I found her occasionally whiny, there are also lines and phrases so beautiful and clear I had to stop, blink, and read them again. And again.

Bonus: the format lends itself well to readers with attention deficits, like myself.
Ann
This is a poignant memoir by the former poet laureate of Alaska. Shumaker weaves her recuperation from a horrible bicycle accident with flashes of her childhood. The key word here is 'flash,' as the author layers flash nonfiction pieces (aka lyric essays or micro-essays) one on top of another to achieve the narrative arc of the memoir.
Amy
Beautifully rendered memoir in short, fragmented pieces. very poetic and moving. clear, intuitive language.
Kelly Buntin
Worth the time invested. I like this author's recipe for a memoir.
Janelle Dunstan
I found this memoir beautiful to read and quite haunting.
Dorothy
Lovely writing - memoir by Fairbanks author
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