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Still Me

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,270 ratings  ·  170 reviews
With a New Afterword for this Edition.

When the first 'Superman' movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?'  I remember the glib response I repeated so many times.  My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences - a soldier who crawls out of a foxhole to drag an injured buddy to safety.  And I also mean
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 29th 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published 1998)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
4.5 stars

Being a huge Superman fan, of course I already knew who Christopher Reeve was. He soared into the sky in the original Superman and its sequels when I was born and growing up, but sadly I didn’t pay the man in the blue cape much attention until I became a superhero fan later in life. Even if I wasn’t a big fan of the movies or any of the stories back then, I was one of many who heard the tragic news of his riding accident. I remember my father, who always loved Superman, who always loved
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Kressel Housman
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Before his accident, I never gave Christopher Reeve much thought. He’s one of the handsomest men I’ve ever seen, and I enjoyed "Superman I" and "Somewhere in Time," but none of that had much impact on my life. I just don’t go crazy over movie stars. After his accident, though, I couldn’t help but feel for him, and the whole thing was so ironic. "Superman" became a quadriplegic. As he became more of an advocate for the disabled, then I really began to admire him, but I didn’t know the half of it ...more
Ashley Daviau
Jan 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to get through this book, but I'm just over halfway through and I can feel it dragging me into a reading slump and so I've decided to put it down. I really thought this would be an extremely interesting read but it was very dry and fragmented. It went back and forth through his life in such a random and unclear way that I had trouble following what was happening. This was definitely a big disappointment!
Joolz
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, poignant, heart breakingly tragic. A grand book by a brave and grand man. Made me feel rather pathetic about moaning about the state my kids leave there rooms in, and the fact that I have to wash up yet again. Talk about a time to reflect!!! I still think of this as a book that had the most effect upon my psyche. Read it and change the way you behave or act, we owe it to the fact that we are alive and well. Dont waste your life.
Yasmin
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once read, never forgotten.
The man was a Super man not only on screen, but in life. An astounding, brave, awe inspiring person, who took what fate threw at him and just kept going.
Lesser mortals would have sank without trace had they to deal with what he did- what all quadriplegics have to deal with. Each and every one is an inspiration, a study in courage and resilience.
This book made me look at myself and life differently, with grateful eyes, and humility when realising with what extraordinar
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Sherry (sethurner)
"A few months after the accident I had an idea for a short film about a quadriplegic who lives in a dream. During the day, lying in his hospital bed, he can't move, of course. But at night he dreams that he's whole again, and is able to do anything and go everywhere. "
I'm writing this and Christopher Reeve has died, but he was still alive when I read his memoir. I held off for a long time before I read it, and that was silly because it's an inspiring book. I couldn't detect any self pity (or sel
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Ashley
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was written by the actor Christopher Reeve a couple years after the accident that left him quadriplegic. He skips around between his rise to fame and life up until the accident and his life post-accident. He is so engaging, and it was interesting to read about what everyday life is like for someone who has to live with an unexpected disability of this kind. I think that this is an especially important book for anyone who is in the medical field, especially therapists and nurses. It's s ...more
Travis
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. This gives remarkable insight into Christopher Reeve. I have always admired and respected him. This has deepened that respect. He is brutally honest about his feelings as he dealt with his accident. He was very depressed, to the point of wondering if it wouldn't be better if his life were to end. He was still struggling with those feelings three years later, when he wrote the book. He said that the experience had changed his definition of what makes a hero. Instead of being ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
I was so excited to read this book. Christopher Reeve as Superman is such an iconic figure for my generation. The writing wasn't stellar, but I didn't mind that because it is his story, written in his language. There was more scientific knowledge shared than I was expecting, but that was interesting. I loved reading about his personal life and career. Several moments that made me smile such as the little boy living in the apartment where they shot the cat scene in Superman. I normally would not ...more
John
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-biographies
One of the best and most moving biographies I've ever come across. Reeve tells his amazing story with honesty, wit, humility and humour. While both parts of his life (pre and post accident) are very impressive, he wisely mixes things up to keep the reader engaged - perhaps illustrating his point that all aspects of life -- career, family/personal relationships and internal growth -- are interconnected. I was a casual fan of some of Reeves' work before his injury, but his post-accident work and a ...more
Denise
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, hollywood
Despite the excruciatingly painful personal story that Cristopher Reeve narrates in this autobiographical book, it's really moving and inspiring to read about himself as a human being. He takes us in a trip down memory lane, from his childhood, family issues, love, acting and his deepest fears and desires. He tells us how he mastered his craft and became the meticulous and professional actor that he was. And even after the unfortunate accident that left him prostrated in a wheelchair, he was sti ...more
J Tang
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long long time ago. Still have it on my bookshelf. Christopher Reeves will always be the Superman in my heart. Despite his disability after the accident, he managed to accomplish a lot of things. He wrote his own autobiography which gives us a glimpse of his real struggles. Not just the glitter and glam on the silverscreen.
Justin
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was required reading in a class for my occupational therapy graduate studies program. The intention behind the assigned reading was to familiarize ourselves with and better empathize with someone's struggles after a severe spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, Mr. Reeve's writing made it very difficult for me to empathize with his challenges. There are probably a thousand people waiting to condemn me to hell for saying so, but there it is.

Hopefully, other thoughtful reviewers will allow m
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Jessica O'Keefe
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up from one of those "Free Libraries" that have been popping up around neighborhoods, where someone will build a little box, and fill it with a small collection of books to share, inviting anyone to "Take One, Leave One." How glad I was to come across this.

Unbelievable story. Smart, intelligent writing that delves into expressing Reeve's turmoil, and grief but also a fascinating remembrance of his many achievements in his career and personal life. All this is told with open ho
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Casey Elizabeth
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book i have ever read. The personal, autobiographical account of how "Super Man" - which was not only a role but also pretty akin to the fortune, athleticism, and pinnacle success of his real human life - could suddenly wake up and find himself on the entirely other side of the pendulum. The amount of psychological processing and coming to terms and, for all reasons, basically living as two different people within one lifetime... I'm not sure another book can come close. This autobiography ...more
bookme4life
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I read this a few years ago, so I can't give a close review of the book. I picked it up interested in how Christopher Reeve's life changed after the accident that left him a quadriplegic. I'm not a Superman fan, but as the book's primary focus was not on that, it wasn't a problem for me.

If anything, I came away from this book with a strong appreciation for Reeve's wife, and the great significance she was to his coping and existence. Reeve's own struggles to rediscover himself on the other side o
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Shareen Wornson
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Reeve was an AMAZING man and he wrote an amazing tale about his life! I highly recommend this book. In memoir form he lets us in on his life - before and after his life changing accident. I laughed out loud and I sobbed as well. I felt very blessed and touched by his life story and can't wait to read his other one. That one I have downloaded from audible.com because he actually narrates it himself. Should be great!
Dez
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read this book when it first came out, and I make reference to it all the time. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman. He had to over come some big obstacles after the accident, thanks to his wife Dana's loving support he realized he was "still me"
Camille
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Christopher Reeve writes in his own words about his life as an actor before his accident that paralyzed him, and his life after the accident. Very eye opening and thought provoking. I often found myself asking "How would I handle this situation?" He was definitely an inspiration to many people.
Shea
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographical
As a fan of biographies I picked this one up as soon as it came out. I think it is a wonderful book and Christopher Reeve was a remarkable human being. We can all learn a little about how much we have to appreciate after reading this memoir. Christopher Reeve really was a Super Man.
Mischelle
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
A touching autobiography from Reeve. I thought that my family was totally dysfunctional. My sisters and I didn't get along when we were growing up.
I really thought that Reeve was going to make it through his handicap. I read this way before he died.
Andrea
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story of triumph in the face of tragedy.
Linda
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great look into the life of Christopher Reeve and his coming to terms with his life as a paraplegic. Poignant and interesting. Watch for a little foul language.
Dean Ryan Martin
Done reading STILL ME. This is an inspiring autobiography of Christopher Reeve before his death in 2004. The highlight of the book is his experiences after a horse accident in 1995. The said accident resulted to paralysis and changed his life upside-down. On the exterior, his spinal cord was severely injured. He needed to work with a team of specialists and physical therapists to recover. The period of recovery was rough. He had regular breathing problems that could have ended his life unexpecte ...more
Sandi Miller
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed watching Christopher Reeve onstage ("Summer and Smoke)" and in the movies, (a favorite-"Somewhere In Time"). I don't know why I waited until now, several years after his death, to finally read his book, Still Me, written three years after he became a quadriplegic. Better late than never. I knew of Reeve's pre-accident activism for the environment and of his saving the lives of 77 actors in Chile. And I knew of his post-accident activism for spinal cord injury research and health insura ...more
Jim
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This is one of these "putting things in perspective" reads while you struggle to conceive of the reality of life for someone fully paralysed from the neck down. If anything, it's a wonder that life can go on in any way, never mind in the almost bearable way that Christopher Reeve makes out in this book. He seems almost determined that he won't moan, or complain or feel sorry for himself, and you can't help but admire the attitude while wondering just how bad the bad times can be? But maybe there ...more
Staci
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is a good book, moving, both an autobiography and a memoir, but the timing of events can be a bit confusing: in the earlier chapters there is a definite separation between the autobiography parts -- detailing Reeve's early life and career -- and the memoir parts, about his accident and recovery. But in the later chapters, these start to come together and it's not always made clear where we are in time, for example, there is one part where he's talking about spending time with his t
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Jonathan Chambers
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational read about one man and his families struggle against adversity. I found once I started this book I could not put it down and Christopher's reflections on his early life, the accident and his achievement's afterwards are truly extraordinary.

I would encourage anyone looking for inspiration and wisdom about overcoming barriers to read this book and you will not be disappointed. The fact a man left paralysed from the neck down wrote this book amazes me but the fact he also returned
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Thomas Jr.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
A remarkably moving and thought-provoking account of Christopher Reeve's life before and after the riding accident that left him paralyzed. The book moves back and forth between "pre-" and "post-" and one's inclination is to view Reeve's rise to acting prominence as an archetypal American success story--and his grievous injury as the tragic negation of that story. The more one reads, though, the more one realizes that the true triumph here is Reeve's heroic struggle to rebuild his life after the ...more
Space
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a good book. It's a great insight into the world of the quadriplegic, as well as the mind of Chris Reeve. Very sad, and very touching as you try to put yourself in his position. He talks about feeling trapped in a body that you can't move, almost like you're only a mind now - no longer a person. That must be terrifying.

Aside from all the this happened to Superman quips and all that, it really was a strange irony that such a small thing put him in that condition. When you read about all
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Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He established himself early as a Juilliard-trained stage actor before portraying Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent in four films, from 1978 to 1987. In the 1980s, he starred in several films, including Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), The Bostonians (1984), and Street Smart (1987). He also starred in many plays, ...more
“I have to stop this cascade of memories, or at least take them out of their drawer only for a moment, have a brief look, and put them back. I know how to do it now: I have to take the key to acting and apply it to my life. There is no other way to survive except to be in the moment. Just as my accident and its aftermath caused me to redefine what a hero, I've had to take a hard look at what it means to live as fully as possible in the present. How do you survive in the moment when it's bleak and painful and the past seems so seductive?” 8 likes
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