Friday, October 19, 2012

Kindle Daily Deal: Miracle Boy (87% off)

Today's KDD: Miracle Boy Grows Up, by Ben Mattlin. Normally $14.99, now $1.99!

87% off, today only!  29 five star reviews out of 29. 208 pages.

Amazon reviewer Mary-Louise Giunta Piner says "If you enjoy the kind of book that follows an interesting character as he goes about his everyday life and challenges, then Ben Mattlin's Miracle Boy Grows Up is a good book for you. Written in a breezy and engaging style and hiding nothing, Mattlin tells of his life growing up on wheels in the 1960s and 70s and living as an adult with a disability in Los Angeles. Neither a promo piece for the disability-rights movement nor an exercise in self-pity, Mattlin's book serves as a reminder that we are all human and, if you look past the superficial details, you can relate to anyone's struggles." Note that I usually pull a four-star review; there were none for this book.


Ben Mattlin lives a normal, independent life. Why is that interesting? Because Mattlin was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital weakness from which he was expected to die in childhood. Not only did Mattlin live through childhood, he became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard, from which he graduated and became a professional writer. His advantage? Mattlin's life happened to parallel the growth of the disability rights movement, so that in many ways he did not feel that he was disadvantaged at all, merely different. Miracle Boy Grows Up is a witty, unsentimental memoir that you won't forget, told with engrossing intelligence and a unique perspective on living with a disability in the United States.

Features: text-to-speech, lending, X-ray enabled.

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Happy Reading!

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