Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Flagellating Kirkus Review


"Presley's writing is deeply emotional, sometimes excessive and a bit too self-flagellating," so say the good folks at Kirkus about my memoir, SEVEN WHEELCHAIRS: A Life beyond Polio, but they concluded with the thought that it is "One of the more honest and informative disease memoirs."

And that will tie knots in the knickers of my friends in the disability activism movement who work hard to remind every one that "a disease might cause a disability, but a disability is not a disease."

On the other hand, Holly Carver, the editor-in-chief at the University of Iowa Press, wrote me a note saying "I am really happy about this review, congrats, it’s extremely encouraging, way to go!"

5 comments:

Ruth D~ said...

I would ask, how do they know what is too self-flagellating? But then, I have a whip of my own, and I know how to use it.

This is a great review, Gary. Who wouldn't be drawn to such a book?

Tim Elhajj said...

My copy arrives this week! Good on you, Gary.

Jerry Waxler said...

Hey Gary,

I think I detect a helpful hand here. If you get tired of flagellating yourself, it sounds like they're offering to pitch in. Just kidding. Mine is on the way too.

Jerry
Memory Writers Network

Rose City Reader said...

Hi Gary:

I was very pleased to write a review of your book for the Internet Review of Books. I also posted it on my blog, Rose City Reader.

Ross Eldridge said...

Hi Gary,

I just ordered my copy of 7W from Amazon.UK, it will arrive on about 13 November ... I have it coming in a package with other items available about then. Hurrah!

Cheers!

R.