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I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility Hardcover – April 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (April 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743244370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743244374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In April of 1989, a young woman was brutally assaulted and raped while jogging in New York’s Central Park. The attack captured headlines around the world as the anonymous "Central Park Jogger" fought to recover from massive injuries that left her near death. Fourteen years later, in this first person account, Trisha Meili broke her silence to discuss the incident in her own words and reveal who she was before the attack and who she became as a result of it. Meili tells the story of a competitive and driven young executive at a finance firm whose life was destroyed, and how she ultimately rebuilt it. Passages where Meili is reunited years later with the doctors and nurses who saved her life are especially compelling, as are her accounts of testifying in court and her first run after the incident. While her candor is remarkable and certainly moving, it’s worth noting what this book does not include. Meili can provide no detail of the actual attacks (she has no memory of them), she has little to say about the racial controversy her case ignited, and she only briefly mentions the fact that, during the writing of this book, the convictions of her attackers were vacated after another man confessed to the crime. But these are not necessarily omissions; they are simply not central to Trisha Meili’s highly readable story of tragedy and, ultimately, triumph. I Am The Central Park Jogger is not just a book for New Yorkers curious to finally hear from "The Jogger"; it’s an inspirational tale of overcoming enormous obstacles and getting back on the road again. --John Moe

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-In early 2002, convicted murderer and rapist Matias Reyes confessed to the brutal attack on a Central Park jogger in April, 1989, a confession substantiated by the identification of his sperm on her clothes. Five black and Hispanic teens who had been "wilding" in the park that night had confessed and been convicted, and most had already served time for the assault. Reyes's unexpected confession led to much recrimination of the justice system. Meili can shed no light on her attack or attacker(s). She was so brutally beaten about the head, as well as being raped and sodomized, that she lay near death in a coma for 12 days in a hospital. Over the next months, she had to relearn how to talk, feed herself, think abstractly, and walk. Her balance still falters and she still is troubled by double vision in her left eye. Her prolonged recuperation and continued recovery; the support of family, her employer, and the general public; and her marriage have all induced a change in life vision for this strong and courageous woman. Her compelling story, which is honestly and openly told, is one of hope and inspiration in the midst of the most frightening pain and fear.
Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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And yet...even as an ordinary woman myself, I came away from the story believing in my own ability to handle life's issues and was inspired by her spirit and triumph.
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A truly inspiring book, and one of the most tenderly expressed sagas I've ever read.
David Mindenhall

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As always when I read non-fiction, I look for a glimpse into the lives of others, to discover facets of life I have not experienced. And, thank heaven, I have not had to go through what this gallant woman endured. And endure she has! She came back from the most hideous abuses a woman can suffer, and then had to deal with a long physical recovery and the public's insistance on politicizing her violation -- which would have seemed to me to be yet another violation, and added pressure I certainly didn't need when fighting to recover from my physical and mental faculties. Yet Trisha managed to focus on the positive, to take strength from love and support from family and friends (many she'll never meet) and was nourished by her spiritual side. If Trisha profits from my purchase of this book, I am glad. For I feel I profited from her story, her strength and her honesty. And I'm sure that there are countless women all across the country who do not feel that the brutalization of another woman is "yesterday's news," and will also feel inspired by this wonderful story. Trisha is living proof that the human spirit can rise above anything!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Arceneaux on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am only 20 years old, So I do not remember hearing about the Central Park Jogger until recently. I was in shock to hear that someone would have the power to survive such a brutal attack. I am now motivated to live my life to the fullest. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have nothing worth living for or to anyone who needs a reality check! Awesome read! Awesome Book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on May 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Trisha Meili's account of her life and ordeal is moving and touching, but in a surprising way. Trisha does not make herself out to be a hero, nor does she overly dramatize her close encounter with death and the slow and painful recovery process she went through. In the expression of who she is before she was violently attacked and who she after, she is humble and shows her own vulnerabilities. True to her own personality, she shows her strength by showing her healing process in hopes that others will learn from her own discoveries; it succeeds at being both an emotional and an intellectual account.
Trisha's very personal account of her ability to find happiness in a world that is often cruel is interesting and insightful and solidifies that she is a great a role model and teacher to others. Her ability to love and give has not been hindered by her misfortune, instead it has been strengthened. Perhaps this observation is something we all should pay attention to, as Trisha's great attitutde and happiness seem to be directly related to her view that it is essential that she uses her talents and gifts to continue to add value and meaning to her own life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Heard I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER, written and read
by Trisha Meili . . . it is the true story of the author who on April
19, 1989, went out for a solo jog near 102nd Street in New York
City's Central Park . . . as you may recall, she was attacked,
raped, savagely beaten and left for dead.
Somehow, she managed to survive . . . and this book is the inspiring
story of how she did so.
How she fought back from not even being able to do such
simple things as read time and walk made me feel blessed for
all that I do have (and often take for granted) . . . I was especially
moved about how she even resumed her career as a runner . . . and
gained greater insight into what make folks do that activity . . . the
key, at least according to Meili, is to set a goal and work toward
accomplishing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "tallison91600" on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was fabulous. I read it and could not believe the drive this woman who was near death had. Her strenght mentally and physically is amazing and will make each and every reader feel like they can do better in whatever they do. I am inspired by her ability to re-live the ordeal to the best of her ability and to put it out there in the open for people to judge and to know things that are not really thier buisness. I think she is is an inspiration to everyone who has a goal, any goal in life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie on May 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Aside from the sheer miracle of her physical recovery, I am most amazed by her emotional and mental recovery. Trisha never wanted anyone to feel sorry for her and wanted to earn everything she got. She is a brave and inspiring woman, and I am happy she has found her soulmate to share her amazing life. This book is a must read for anyone who needs a figurative kick in the pants to get motivated to do . . . anything!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Brogger on March 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
After I read this book, I passed it on to several friends, all of whom finished it in under two days. It is so uplifting, and her strength and positivism is truly inspiring. Instead of dwelling on the attack itself, the author focuses on her recovery and her lessons learned. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was too young to know what was going on around Trisha's brutal attack in 1989 but felt compelled to read her book 14 years later. I can't read it fast enough. I have never met her but I feel so proud of her - like she is a personal friend. Trisha writes many horrific details of what happend to her, how she has struggled to become the woman she is today and what is means to be a survivor. I find myself praying for her and thanking God for taking care of her. I am amazed by her strength, perseverance, and openess. It is a gift from God that she does not remember what happened to her. She knows what it is to be a survivor and we can all learn from her!!
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