Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kellyand#8217;s story is a reminder andlt;/Iandgt;of the power of true grit, the patience needed to navigate unimaginable obstacles, and the transcendence of love. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival and#8220;miraculous.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;As the nation grieved and sought to understand the attack, Gabby remained in private, focused on her againstall- odds recovery. Intimate, inspiring, and unforgettably moving, andlt;Iandgt;Gabby andlt;/Iandgt;provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife. Told in Markand#8217;s voice and from Gabbyand#8217;s heart, the book also chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people togetherand#8212;their humor, their ambitions, their sense of duty, their longdistance marriage, and their desire for family. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A new, moving final chapter brings Gabbyand#8217;s story up to date, including the state of her health and her announcement that she would leave the House of Representatives.
About the Author
Gabrielle Giffords has become known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. Giffords was shot at an event in Tucson on January 8, 2011 and stepped down from Congress in January 2012. Giffords was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, representing her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012. In Congress, Giffords became a leading champion of border security, energy independence, and the needs of military families and veterans.Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. The winner of many awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Flying Cross, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. Kelly, the son of two police officers, is from West Orange, New Jersey.andlt;bandgt;Jeffrey Zaslowandlt;/bandgt; (1958-2012) was most recently the author of andlt;iandgt;The Magic Roomandlt;/iandgt;. His other books include andlt;iandgt;The Girl from Amesandlt;/iandgt; and, as coauthor of andlt;iandgt;The Last Lectureandlt;/iandgt; by Randy Pausch.