Double Take

Double Take

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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"Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs." -- Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

"Charming ... Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid--one who happened to be born without legs... [Double Take] makes for an empowering read." -- People

As featured on 20/20, NPR, and in the Washington Post: Kevin Connolly is a young man born without legs who travels the world--by skateboard, with his camera--on his "Rolling Exhibition," snapping pictures of peoples' reactions to him... and finds out along the way what it truly means to be human.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperStudio, c2009.
ISBN: 9780061791536
0061791539
Characteristics: 227 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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CatherineLibrarian
Oct 18, 2013

Kevin Michael Connolly has been bitten in half by a shark, is an Iraqi War vet, is a panhandler, has been in a number of car accidents, and had a horrible disease. He is all of these things and none of these things.
Connolly is an object of intense curiosity and subject of the stare, of the Double Take.
This is how he perceived by others. In reality Connolly was just born without legs and grew up in rural Montana. He is an athlete and a photographer and traveled the world taking photos of people looking at at him. Taking photos of their double takes.

libraryheather Jun 23, 2011

Great memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly. Born without legs, Connolly travels the world by skateboard when he reaches young adulthood. When he finally tires of people staring at him, he begins to photograph the "double takes" of those who stare at him during his travels. in this way he begins to take back control and he then develops his photographs into an art exhibition. It's also a great look at how parents who didn't have any special resources-- but who had a lot of common sense -- instilled confidence in their son with their unwavering support.

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