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Double Take: A Memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly

“…you are only disabled if you are incapable of overcoming the challenges presented in any given situation.”

Kevin Michael Connolly is an accomplished young American, twenty-three years old.   He was a high school wrestler, a competitive downhill skier in college, and a silver medalist in the X Games broadcast around the world.   He’s traveled to many places around the world.   He’s usually seen moving along on a skateboard.   He’s had his photographs exhibited by the Smithsonian, and has a girlfriend in New Zealand.

Did I happen to mention that he was born without legs?   No.   Maybe that’s because Connolly does not view himself as disabled.  

Reading this memoir reminds the reader that perspective is everything.   Not only is it entertaining, but there are several points where you’ll find yourself laughing out loud.   Connolly does not take pity on himself; instead he focuses on the fact that he’s already had a great life and he’s well-known.   Maybe if Connolly had been born with legs he’d have been an average Kevin who never left Montana.

This is a memoir unusually illustrated with some of Connolly’s photos of shocked people staring at him.   It is an inspiring read about a human being who doesn’t concern himself with what he has lost or never had.   He’s a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us.

Harper Studio, $19.99, 227 pages

Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.

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Another Book Giveaway!

Yes, we’re still giving away three (3) copies of the amazing book Double Take: A Memoir.   The Double Take  book giveaway contest remains open until midnight this Friday, January 8, 2010 Pacific Standard Time (PST).   To read the contest rules, enter the terms “double take” in the Search It! box to the right and hit enter.

But we’re here announcing a new book giveaway!   Through the courtesy of the publisher Multnomah, we have a copy of The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace for one of our readers.Here is a synopsis of the book –

Among the subjects tackled by The Male Factor are: how men, with rare exceptions, view almost any emotional display as a sign that the person can no longer think clearly – as well as what they perceive to be emotion in the first place (it’s not just crying); why certain trendy clothes that women wear may create a career-sabotaging land mine in terms of how male colleagues perceive them; and the unintentional signals that can change a man’s perception of a woman from assertive and competent to difficult.

Women will likely be surprised, even shocked, by these revelations.   Some may find them challenging.   Yet what they will gain is an invaluable understanding of how their male bosses, colleagues, subordinates, and customers react to a host of situations – as well as the ability to correct common misperceptions.   The Male Factor offers a unique road map to what men in the workplace are thinking, allowing women the opportunity to decide for themselves how to use the insights the author reveals.

Note:  I suspect that this is a book that both men and women will find to be extremely interesting!

We will be giving away one brand new hardbound copy of this 320-page book by Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the  prior bestseller For Women Only.   The Male Factor has a value of $22.99.   In order to enter this contest, just send an e-mail to josephsreviews@gmail.com .   You must submit your entry by 12:00 midnight PST on Saturday, January 30, 2010.   Only readers who live in the continental United States are eligible to enter this particular contest and prior contest winners at this site will not be eligible to win this time around.  

That’s it – Good luck and good reading!

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