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If Not for the Perfect Stranger: Heartwarming and Healing Stories of Kindness from the 2013 Boston Marathon

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At the 2013 Boston Marathon, after the worst happened Boston was at its best. A series of perfect strangers provided lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance to spectators and runners in need. From a shirt ripped off to be used as a tourniquet for the critically wounded, to a sweater, phone call, or just a hug for the cold, lost and scared. Over 40 spectators, runners and ...more
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published March 2nd 2014 by Bantry Bay Publishing (first published February 24th 2014)
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Jack Fultz
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm biased - but this is an excellent read.
Suep
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a healing book for those involved, even remotely, with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing! I so appreciate reading the stories of people involved and how "perfect strangers" helped. This book was a definite breath of fresh air. It gives hope that there are good people out there. It was such a horrific event which has changed the face of large races everywhere. Thank you for sharing and for writing!
Liralen
As with any collection of essays, the pieces in here range in quality and tone, from a bit wooden to quite poignant. Two things that stood out:

1) The theme of the book (and the title) is based on something Celeste Corcoran said after the fact -- that it was thanks to perfect strangers that her daughter survived. What's striking, though, at least in the first few sections, is that the theme could just as easily be I'm not a hero. Whether professionals or bystanders, the people who leapt into the
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