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From early childhood, Rousso struggled to find her place in the world… When she writes of the psychotherapy institute where she was training asking her to leave… she, and her reader, recognize the prejudice she has faced. …its painful honesty is affecting. December 24, 2012

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"I've known Harilyn Rousso as a powerful activist and gifted artist, but with this revelatory book, she becomes something even more rare: a storyteller who conveys her uniqueness, and so helps us to discover our own. This book is irresistible to read, honest, insightful and universal."
-- Gloria Steinem

"An inspirational affirmation of the unique worth of every individual."
--Kirkus Reviews, December 15th 2012

"Rousso is an activist, artist, educator, social worker, psychotherapist, writer, painter and advocate who has worked in the disability rights field. The book follows her journey from 'passing' - pretending that she didn't have cerebral palsy - to embracing her disability. In the late '70s, she began exploring her disability identity, and she writes with honesty and power."
--Jewish Woman, Winter 2012

"Rousso's story of coming to terms with disability is at one unique and universal...Rousso's compelling story is less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."
--Ms. Magazine, February 2013


“It's Harilyn's hope that her book will reach the broadest possible audience. That includes the disability community, especially young women. . . . Harilyn also wants to reach the rest of us, those interested in women's studies, human rights, the arts, creativity, fans of memoirs, and people who just like a good story. And Harilyn does tell a good story. It spoke to me, especially given the long war I have waged against my own female body.”
–Huffington Post/ICS Voices, February 2013


"Don’t call it inspirational: call it energizing. It is written in short chapters, with an accessible style that is alternately funny, wry, serious and acerbic."
—Chronicle of Higher Education blog, Tenured Radical, March 2013

"Engaging...an unusual, compelling read."--Library Journal, April 2013
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439909377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439909379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on June 29, 2013
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I picked up this book because I work with adults who at some point in their life acquired a disability. This book is not only a gripping first hand account of what it is like to live with a disability, it is also an intelligent introspection into how we perceive ourselves, how we react to external expectations and how we all succumb to prejudice over and over again. Harilyn Rousso does not pretend she has all the answers but through her honest explorations she makes us look at many different aspects of societal practices and values and realize that we are still in the stone age when it comes to inclusion. This book is a must read for all of us, disability or not. It will be my book to give as a gift for many occasions to come. It should also be featured on any reading list for "diversity and multiculturalism".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Linn on February 17, 2013
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After reading this book, I have been unstuck. I will not approach my own life in the same way. Like Harilyn Rousso, I was born with cerebral palsy. But I am talking more generally than just a person having a disability. Through Rousso's keen artist eyes, articulate words, and divine wit, I conclude there is the possibility of a "second act," or even a fifth. Endless options exist out there in the big, often scary, world for someone with the same identical circumstances.

Taught by an expert hopscotch player, I see clearly that you don't have to perceive yourself as stagnate, but that you have a wide spectrum of possibilities. What I really got through this remarkable book is that a person (and not necessarily a person with a disability) can play hopscotch, going as Rousso does from "being in the closet" (denying disability) to becoming a disability advocate, to judging other's disabilities in questionable terms, and being frightened of what you will see in your own mirror - to giving hell to the steering committee of a women's conscious-raising conference that is inaccessible to women who use wheelchairs, and then back again, fearing what your mirror glass will show. Why did I think
I had to stay with one image, and that I was being a "fraud" if my view changed in different contexts?

This very readable book is in short segments. In the preface Ms. Rousso explains: "As a visual artist I think about a book as a collage or a series of images about my life rather than a formal portrait."

Thank you, Harilyn Rousso, for an excellent read on disability and so much more. This book should be prerequisite for anyone wanting to enter a helping profession, but also for all needing to see possibilities in their own lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falling Tree Farm on March 29, 2013
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This book is a wonderful read about a thoughtful, feisty, witty woman's struggle with her disability. An absolute must read for anyone interested in identity, disability, and feminism. Beyond that a rare opportunity to spend some time with a person who knows herself and the world and is willing to share it and her struggles with refreshing frankness. You will be happy you read this book!
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By Emily E on April 18, 2013
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Wow. I am a young adult with mild cerebral palsy as well. This book was one that I had been looking forward to reading for quite some time when I first read the review in Kirkus. As a disabled young woman, it was very refreshing and enlightening to read the true story of another woman with CP. So many account of life with CP are either fictional, for children or men. I connected so much with some of the snippets of her life. Yes there is a generation or two between myself and the author, but many of my experiences, though they play out differently, are really the same at the core.

I suggest this book for anyone who wants a real peek into the life of someone who is not like everyone else. I have recommended this book to anyone and everyone who will listen.
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This book offers a candid and well-written glimpse into the challenges of persons with physical limitations. I found an excerpt of this book presented by the author on YouTube. The video added much to my understanding of the difficulties Ms. Rousso faces with communication, daily living, and self-concept. I may not call you inspirational, Harilyn Rousso, but I will be thinking it all the same.
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By Bill 1 on March 3, 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. I could relate so much to Hillary's daily difficulties with CP as I have been dealing with it for 58 years. Love to read of the successes so many of us achieve in spite of the hand we are dealt. Would highly recommend it to all.
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