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LJ Reviews 2013 November #2
Bauman's life changed dramatically when a bomb exploded at last spring's Boston Marathon, severing both of his legs. Since then, his upbeat, determined attitude has been an inspiration to people worldwide. To be published on the first anniversary of the event; expect huge media (so far, Bauman has given few interviews). With a 250,000-copy first printing.[Page 64]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews Newsletter
COSTCO employee, lifelong Bostonian and "Average Joe" Jeff Bauman was caught up in events much bigger than his life when he stood next to Tamerlan Tsarnaev near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon. Within minutes, his life changed irrevocably—with the loss of both legs and other severe trauma—but what did not change was his no-nonsense way of approaching life's challenges. Bauman recounts his long road back to mobility as well as his role in identifying Tsarnaev to the authorities in this from-the-heart story. VERDICT Only a misanthrope would fail to be moved by Bauman's guileless narration of the horrors of rehabilitation or his frustration with learning to live with his new prosthetic legs. This is the simple story of one decent guy who fights hard to stay strong in the face of adversity. Go Boston! (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2014 April #1
Jeff Bauman was next to the bomb when it exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Pictures of him flooded the media as he became the iconic image of the tragedy: Bauman in a wheel chair, legs missing from the knees down. The following weeks of speculation and the eventual police shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers is well documented. Bauman and co-author Bret Witter are telling a different story, a personal story. Bauman is a likable narrator; he keeps the tone light while admitting the difficulty of his situation. He doesn't try to elevate himself. His honesty is welcome: he's a college dropout, lives at home with his parents. Bauman does not sugar coat the heroism of his situation. He's upfront about the difficulties of amputation, of his family adjusting to new realities, of being a sudden media personality, all which makes the book a worthy read. Bauman's story will serve to help others who have suffered similar losses, but the book feels rushed, calculated as is common with timely events, to get the story "out there". Bauman intentions feel genuine, pushing the book out is obviously a publisher decision which is understandable but affects the impact. The media frenzy over the bombing isn't over, and will likely continue through the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC