This book left a sweet taste in my mouth. In fact, I just keep thinking about it. The story is well organized and well told, divided into three majorThis book left a sweet taste in my mouth. In fact, I just keep thinking about it. The story is well organized and well told, divided into three major sections. The author of the book, Amy Hackworth, does an excellent job balancing both the positive and negatives in the story without getting overly unctuous, overly preachy, or overly dramatic. It is simply an amazing story told without embellishment or hyperbole. Both Stephanie and Hackworth demonstrate their remarkable insights and competent grasp of relationships and human behavior. After I finished the book, I realized how perfect the subtitle is: this is truly a story of hope, triumph and everyday joy.
Although Stephanie's life BC (before crash) seemed almost too good to be true, it was fun to get a glimpse into someone's life who truly was joyful, proof that contentment is attainable. Her life was great, yes, but partly because of her attitude which is the shining star throughout the book. And actually Mr. Nielsen is a knight in compression bandage armor. What an amazing man and beautiful love story!
Hackworth showed great humor in her writing too. There were some really fun vignettes wittily told. I loved the part where Stephanie and her husband were making out in the forest and her in-laws drove up. It was so cute the way Hackworth handled that. There were hints of sexuality and romance all done in such a discreet, yet seductive way. Hackworth's restraint was actually more delightful and encouraging for the imagination!
There were SO many other sweet, poignant moments, as well as subtle ideas for family traditions and ways to support others in need. This book is so much more than a memoir.
One of my favorite parts was the section between the prologue and the epilogue. Loved the whole thing, including the great photos, some which were taken by the writer's husband, Justin Hackworth.
Can't say enough good about the book and the Nielsons and their families.
Plus, I hope we see many more books by Amy Hackwoth. ...more
My dad, who is in China, shared a picture he took of an elephant... grand creatures which are ugly in a beautiful sort of way. Along with the photo, DMy dad, who is in China, shared a picture he took of an elephant... grand creatures which are ugly in a beautiful sort of way. Along with the photo, Dad suggested reading Orwell's Shooting an Elephant "to further our education."
It is a short essay written about a personal experience by Orwell. He is a police officer in Burma caught in the middle of a triangle of contempt: against the natives who resent the oppressive reign of the British and thus mock Orwell, against the British for their tyranny and against himself for his struggle of conscience versus reputation. Orwell honestly exposes his weakness and in just a short story teaches us about the evils of imperialism, the loss of freedom, resentment, prejudice and decision-making.
Orwell gives enough foreshadowing to predict the outcome, but it still was disturbing. It roused emotion. But then, that is the sign of good story / writer, isn't it?...more
I really wanted to like this book, especially since it was [ghost]written by my sister's former boyfriend. It was well written. It was interesting toI really wanted to like this book, especially since it was [ghost]written by my sister's former boyfriend. It was well written. It was interesting to see behind the scenes of basketball. And learn about Jerry West and the great man he is. But the book was disorganized. Perhaps that was intentional to mimic Jerry's life. But it proved too much of a distraction for me to wholly enjoy the read....more