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Editorial Reviews


“An extraordinary tale…of love, of unthinkable trauma, of a heroic partnership… Redefining for the world what it means to be a fighter.”People

“A gripping and inspirational memoir…”—St. Petersburg Times

“A picture of a victorious human spirit.”Publishers Weekly

“Nothing but inspirational.”Kirkus Reviews

“A story of bravery and perseverance.”Palm Beach Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gabrielle Giffords is known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Giffords served in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005 and in Congress from 2006-2012.

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.

Jeffrey Zaslow (1958-2012) was most recently the author of The Magic Room. His other books include The Girl from Ames and, as coauthor of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451661061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661064
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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136 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Cooler by the Lake TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is written mostly in the words of Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, with the help of Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow.

This story, of course, is about the shooting of "Gabby" in January 2011 at her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering after being elected to Congress. Though the book covers is great detail the facts of that day and the subsequent months of her treatment and rehabilitation, it also contains much more.

Mark Kelly uses flashback storytelling to tell the reader how he and Gabrielle Giffords met, dated, and married; the things they had in common and what attracted them to each other. He also tells us about their previous relationships, including his two daughters. The book is very much an autobiography/biography of his life, Gabby's, as well as both of their parents and even grandparents' histories. I found the stories about their parents to be especially interesting.

He describes Gabrielle's hard work ethics and family commitment that had her taking over the family's large tire business at the age of 26 and her subsequent path into politics. He also explains his path into the Navy and subsequently the NASA space program.

He also tells many stories about his flights into military war zones as a Navy pilot and also aboard the NASA space shuttle missions. He explains his decision, or more accurately NASA's decision, that he be permitted to return to the space mission for its final launch in spite of his wife's condition. If you are at all interested in military or NASA flights, you will find all of this pretty intriguing. It's all the little details you never hear.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By reval on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As I write this review amid the images of people clawing and fighting for Black Friday specials, this book reflects the true meaning of life. It's really not about saving fifty bucks on a flat screen TV. Life is a husband's lasting devotion in a moment of unimaginable crisis. It is about choosing public service (Gabby) and a career path (Mark) exploring the limitless possibilities of scientfic discovery. Life is understanding that our time here on earth is fleeting and unpredictable at best.
It is about embracing love and not greed, honor rather than expediency and a lasting legacy instead of short-term satisfaction. I recommend this inspirational and enlightening book for anyone ready for a leap in consciousness.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 29, 2011
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From page one, I felt I was being invited into a private conversation with Mark Kelly, as if I'd been a friend of the family for years.

Kelly does not hesitate to share intimate details with us, about both himself and his wife. He takes us through the whole horrible experience of the shooting and afterwards the surgeries, the therapies, the setbacks and the breakthroughs. Over and over again, we're right there in the room with Gabby, her family, her doctors, her friends and visitors.

All my questions were generously answered. I've followed the coverage on Gabby from day one, searching the Internet daily. The shooting was such an outrage, I desperately wanted Gabrielle Giffords to triumph over the attacker by making a miraculous recovery. I could never get enough news. This book is just what I wanted.

The book is satisfying on other levels as well. It's a totally engaging account of two remarkable lives and careers. I found Kelly's combat and space experience, and Gabby's stint at running the family tire company, especially fascinating.

Most of all, the book is a tremendous love story - a declaration of love from beginning to end.

I'm not normally a reader of survival stories or books about public figures. But I was delighted with this book, and I thank the authors for writing it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jones on November 28, 2011
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If it had been an actor reading the book, I wouldn't have bought the audio version - you can tell a lot about a person by listening to their voice. Mark comes across as a man with so many wonderful qualities, a very balanced personality. He'd be someone you could count on. I loved that they included the frustrating, humiliating, depressing, angry feelings of being handicapped. That's life when you are handicapped. I think we all need to know how to have courage and hope when going through a difficult time. However, many books don't include the times when you want to give up because you feel so overwhelmed. I liked how he encouraged Gabby to say 'beaten up' instead of 'beaten'. I also liked how they acknowledged how difficult things are instead of pretending that they aren't so bad - not making things out to be worse than they are, but also not minimizing the effort it will take to make progress. I loved the stories others shared with them about their own recovery. So many people took the time to offer their encouragement! I don't often read a book twice, but I will listen to this more than once. This is a very inspirational book.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Red on November 27, 2011
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This is a review of the audio book. You can check the listing on Amazon for the hardcover and Kindle version for many reviews of the print and e-book version.

While a compelling story, it is unfortunate that Mark Kelly reads much of the text in a sing-song style with a repeating cadence that rises rhythmically in the middle of each sentence and then drops down at the end, whether the text dictates this tone or not. It is worse in some chapters than in others, but overall makes the book very aggravating to listen to.

Also, Giffords herself reads the last short (about four minute) chapter. I found this a bit unnerving because it is obvious, and Kelly confirmed this fact during post-publication interviews, that Giffords' words were very much edited together to make it sound like she was speaking in full sentences when, in fact, she is not able to do so.

Again, this is not a review of the content of the book. This is a review of the unique aspects of the audio book.
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