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Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries on his skateboard, including Bosnia, China, Ukraine, and Japan. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. In this dazzling memoir, Kevin Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. From the home of his family in Helena, Montana, to the streets of Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Kevin's remarkable journey will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.

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Born without legs, raised in Montana, and now a skateboarding world traveler, Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most people never will. His internationally acclaimed photo series, The Rolling Exhibition, which encompasses seventeen countries and more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him, has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.

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chocolateandcroissants, March 1, 2010 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
I read this book in the span of two days-there was something about the book that just grabbed me. I am a huge fan of memoirs when one has something worthwhile to say. Kevin Connolly's Memoir, Double Take is one of them. I had seen this book around the internet on some giveaways. I never won a copy and must confess that I got my book for a dollar when a local bookstore closed down. I now feel somewhat guilty for only paying a dollar for the book.

Author Connolly was born without any legs. Aside from this he was a healthy baby, physically and mentally. He just needed to adapt to not having legs. He did not have prosthetic legs (they were too uncomfortable) and quite simply did not like being in a wheelchair. It labeled him as disabled.

Bless his parents who gave their best efforts to raising him as they raised their other children. When Kevin started to take an interest in skiing his father shuttled him around Montana and the nation to compete in races. Kevin then went on to be invited to the disabled X Games and took his purse money to travel the world and photograph its occupants.

His photography was a project for him on how people viewed him. As a young 21 year old Kevin went around the world with his skateboard. I admire his tenacity and charm. I have traveled the world myself, sometimes solo. sometimes with others. I speak another language and fortunately do not have a handicap. While adventure is exciting it can often times be daunting and challenging. For Kevin to leave the confines of his hometown, with a camera, backpack and his skateboard is a tribute to his personality and upbringing.

There were moments of frustration and anger. Some people mistook him for a beggar. Others wanted to challenge him physically. But he had a dream and fulfilled it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061791529
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Connolly, Kevin Michael
Author:
Connolly, Kevin Mich
Author:
Ael
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100525
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.16x5.42x.61 in. .41 lbs.

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