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“Seven Wheelchairs is a compelling account of one man’s struggle to learn to live well with a significant disability. Presley’s memoir powerfully recounts the physical and psychological challenges he faced during his long recovery from polio. It is also a moving story of how the love and care of his parents and later his wife helped him enjoy life seated in his wheelchairs.”—Dan Wilson, author, Living with Polio: The Epidemic and Its Survivors

“Alternating between sardonic and blunt, Gary Presley maps out an almost-fifty-year trek from infantile paralysis to post-polio syndrome to bonding with his power chair, Little Red; from helpless, passive cripple to defiant Gimp. Presley was paralyzed in the worst possible stage of life—late adolescence—in the 1960s when people like him were pitied and scorned, and he survived with his spirit strong and his lust for life intact. Read this unvarnished account of life at ‘boob high,’ and walk away with a new definition of ‘disabled.’”—Allen Rucker, author, The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Day and Was Paralyzed for Life

“Although Gary Presley is unable to move or breathe without assistance, his life literally jumps off these pages as he shares with us in painful, powerful, and poetic detail how he has found a lifetime of joy through one hard-earned, courageous breath at a time.”—Susan Parker, author, Tumbling After: Pedaling Like Crazy after Life Goes Downhill

“The tragic irony that caused paralysis in Gary Presley at age seventeen, just as he approached the cusp of adulthood, went on to flavor his bittersweet view of life, temper his rage at the injustice of his fate, gladden his heart toward his wife, Belinda, and, most fortunately for his readers, provide him with the time, insight, and humanity that enabled him to write this searing but ultimately loving memoir. It’s a story so bitingly honest that Presley’s readers sometimes cringe before turning the page, but so extremely well written that we keep turning page after page after page—not only for the gripping story but also for the beauty of the prose.”—Peggy Vincent, author, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife