Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life

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Macmillan, Feb 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Harriet McBryde Johnson's witty and highly unconventional memoir opens with a lyrical meditation on death and ends with a bold and unsentimental sermon on pleasure. Born with a congenital neuromuscular disease, Johnson has never been able to walk, dress, or bathe without assistance. With assistance, she passionately celebrates her life's richness and pleasures and pursues a formidable career as an attorney and activist. Whether rolling on the streets of Havana, on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, or in an auditorium at Princeton debating philosopher Peter Singer, Harriet McBryde Johnson defies every preconception about people with disabilities, and shows how a life, be it long or short, is a treasure of infinite value.


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User Review  - lavaturtle - LibraryThing

Harriet McBryde Johnson is amazing. But not in a sappy "inspirational" way. She has incredible tenacity in standing up to people in power, regardless of how unpopular it might be. This book is an excellent collection of stories from Johnson's incredible life. Read full review

TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG: Nearly True Tales from a Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Selected episodes from the life of "a tiny wheelchair woman with a certain amount of mouth," as disability rights activist Johnson describes herself.Johnson not only practices law in Charleston, S.C ... Read full review


Too Late to Die Young
Hail to the Chief
Honk If You Hate Telethons
What the Hell Why Not?
Unconventional Acts
Trial and Error
Believing in Dreams
Getting Thrown
Unspeakable Conversations
Art Object
Good MorningAn Ending
Authors Note and Acknowledgments

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About the author (2006)

Harriet McBryde Johnson has been a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1985. Her solo practice emphasizes benefits and civil rights claims for poor and working people with disabilities. For more than twenty-five years, she has been active in the struggle for social justice, especially disability rights. She holds the world endurance record (fourteen years without interruption) for protesting the Jerry Lewis telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She served the City of Charleston Democratic Party for eleven years, first as secretary and then as chair. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and to the disability press.

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