Unmeasured Strength: A Story of Survival and Transformation

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Henry Holt and Company, Aug 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

In this update to the 2011 New York Times Bestselling book, the reader will find:
• Timely new information about Manning's struggles within the healthcare system
• Additional details about the author's childhood
• And an emotional new essay from the author about her father, who died shortly after the book's publication

A survivor's awe-inspiring story of how she overcame tragedy and re-created herself as a wife, mother, and woman

She was a hardworking business woman, had a loving husband and an infant son, and a confidence born of intelligence and beauty. But on 9/11, good fortune was no match for catastrophe. When a wall of flame at the World Trade Center burned more than 80 percent of her body, Lauren Manning began a ten-year journey of survival and rebirth that tested her almost beyond human endurance.

Long before that infamous September day, Manning learned the importance of perseverance, relentless hard work, and a deep faith in oneself. So when the horrific moment of her near-death arrived, she possessed the strength and resilience to insist that she would not yield—not to the terrorists, not to the long odds, not to the bottomless pain and exhaustion. But as the difficult months and years went by, she came to understand that she had to do more than survive. She needed to undergo a complete transformation, one that would allow her to embrace her life and her loved ones in an entirely new way.

Fleeing the burning tower, Manning promised herself that she would see her son's face again. Courageous and inspiring, Unmeasured Strength tells the riveting story of her heroic effort to make that miracle—and so many others—possible.

 

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User Review  - cherilove - LibraryThing

Don't be put off by the interludes at the beginning in which the author describes her inner thoughts during the hour after the attack or while she was in a coma. They are odd, but the book as a whole is very interesting, and inspiring. Read full review

UNMEASURED STRENGTH: My Story of Survival and Transformation

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A survivor of 9/11 recounts the ultra-harrowing tale of how she returned from the brink of death after suffering second- and third-degree burns over more than 80 percent of her body.The first quarter ... Read full review

Contents

EVERYTHING MOVES
1
1 LOOKING GLASS
9
2 THREE LITTLE BIRDS
29
3 DECIDING TO LIVE
55
4 DARK WORLD
73
5 AWAKENING
93
6 HALFWAY HOME
131
7 HOMECOMING
165
8 ENDURANCE
189
9 TURNING POINT
207
10 NIGHT RIDER
223
MAKE IT COUNT
239
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
249
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
253
A Reading Group Gold Selection
255
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About the author (2011)

Lauren Manning is a former managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. Her story of surviving the 9/11 attacks has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's Today Show, and many other media outlets around the world; CNN recently chose her as one of the most intriguing newsmakers of the past twenty-five years. The recipient of many honors and awards, she lives in New York City with her husband, Greg, and their two sons, Tyler and Jagger.

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