Double Take: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages

From Kevin Connolly:

"I was bitten nearly in half by a shark while swimming in New Zealand. I was a victim of a Serbian mortar round in Sarajevo during the Balkan wars. I have been the victim of a dozen car accidents - head on collisions, vehicle rolls, and pedestrian injuries. I have been the purveyor of magic tricks for children - a routine often involving mirrors and a trapdoor. I have been a beggar and vagabond - panhandling across countries with varying degrees of success. I have also been a holy man - bringing moments of inspiration and light to those who chose to look for it.

I am none these things - and I am all of them. My name is Kevin Michael Connolly and I was born in Helena, Montana on August 18th, 1985. I was also born without legs.

All my life I′ve been an object of curiosity, the subject of a stare. But, while I have shouldered the stares and stories of others, the story of how I′ve managed to travel the world is uniquely my own. DOUBLE TAKE is my story, and it begins in many ways the day I was placed on prosthetic stilts at the age of eight.

In an attempt to capture the moments of intense curiosity I experience on a daily basis, I traveled to 17 countries and took over 32,728 photographs of people staring at me. In Zurich, I raced down the Limmat River against a group of twenty Vikings. In Bosnia, I scrambled to collect my groceries after being side swiped by a car. In Malaysia, I got caught in torrential rainstorms and had to skate and paddle with one hand, while keeping my camera above the rising tide with the other."

 

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The cover drew me in during a bookstore excursion, and when I flipped through I was delighted to see a lot of photography interspersed. Kevin (because we're close like that) was born without legs. It ... Read full review

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Wow! This book was just truly inspirational. It is about Michael, a person that just tries to grow up and adapt to his surroundings like a normal kid. The truth is, he's not normal. He was born ... Read full review

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Contents

three What If?
15
five standard Issue
37
seven Blind support
57
nine skateboard
81
ten Forced Blessings
97
eleven snapshot
121
thirteen Money Motivations
145
fifteen Tokyo story
165
seventeen sarajevo roses
189
nineteen home
211
Acknowledgments
229
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About the author (2009)

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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