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Alex by Frank Deford
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Mar 08, 2016

it was amazing
Read in January, 1989

This is one of the first books I can remember checking out myself and reading, and I don't know what would have possessed a 12 year old to read a book like this, but it definitely changed me and stayed with me all these years. I even reread it years later. It details the short life of DeFord's daughter Alex who had Cystic Fibrosis. Very moving, and everybody I recommended it to loved it as well. I'll never forget how DeFord realizes that she was born just after the 1970 census, and died just before the next one. Even my mother remembers this book to me: how she made the mistake of reading it on the bus from work, and everybody stared at her because she was crying. Alex had a lot of spirit and spunk and love for her family, and despite all her pain she lived a wonderful life. I wish I had a dad like Frank DeFord. Unforgettable.
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