Unmeasured Strength: My Story of Survival and Transformation
Booklist Reviews 2011 August #1
"*Starred Review* 9/11 survivor Manning is perhaps best described as the poster person for mustering all of one's resources to triumph in the face of certain defeat. From the moment her clothes caught fire in the lobby of the first World Trade Center building struck by a terrorist-controlled airplane, she took charge of her fate. So badly burned that she was all but given up for dead, Manning managed to summon her successful career-woman authority to demand help. Even when packed into an ambulance and virtually ignored by busy paramedics, she needed to only think of her toddler son, Tyler, to goad herself into insisting on medical attention. Indeed, Tyler and her promise not to let him grow up without her gave Manning strength and faith when medical professionals doubted her recovery. But with burns over 80 percent of her body, she needed more than strength and faith. That combined with expert care alone would not make for a full recovery. For extra tenacity, Manning drew on what she gleaned from growing up with loving but demanding parents who unwittingly gave her the skill set she used to rise, literally, from ashes." Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2011 March #1
A partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, Manning was burned over 80 percent of her body during the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. Here she recalls ten long years of recovery while detailing the early experiences that taught her the will to survive. Follows Love, Greg & Lauren, husband Greg's 2002 account of Manning's first months of recovery; obviously affecting and timely.[Page 59]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Manning walked into hell when she opened the door of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. She spent the next ten years recovering from burns over 80 percent of her body and dealing with the murder of hundreds of fellow workers and friends. Her steady narrative recounts the almost unimaginable events of 9/11 from an eyewitness's point of view and carries the reader through her years of hideous surgeries, grueling rehab, and healing. This is a story of survival in the face of horror. What I'm Telling My Friends: Manning never self-aggrandizes and does not present herself as a hero, but it is clear that she chose, very early on, to fight to live despite her devastating injuries. If you want to read a victim's story, this is not your book. If you want to read a book filled with grace and gratitude and determination, this is for you. (Check out Love, Greg and Lauren by Manning's husband for a collection of his emails to family and friends about her injuries and early recovery if you need further proof that this is one tough woman.) - "Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack! 8/4/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.