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Polio Boulevard: A Memoir (Excelsior Editions) by [Chase, Karen]

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Editorial Reviews


"In the early '50s, during the polio epidemic, I worked as a physical therapist. I saw first hand the crushing suffering children and their families endured. I also saw their bravery and love for each other. Karen's memoir is a truly remarkable piece of history."
-- Olympia Dukakis, actress

"Polio and poetry would seem to be near-opposites. Yet in Karen Chase's compelling memoir of a terrifying disease she and so many others contracted in childhood, we watch polio's unwelcome transformations to be matched and outdone by the twists and turns of a poet's mind. Bravely and with surprising humor, Chase has turned the unlikely, the unlucky, even the tragic into beauty."
--Mary Jo Salter, author of seven books of poetry, most recently 'Nothing By Design'

"...a vivid portrait of what it was like to grow up shadowed by a plague and how a sense of family can arise among people thrown together by miserable circumstances ... Chase brings her poetic sensibilities to the page in discussions of the way history is not just huge wars and battles but small, personal skirmishes too ...she elegantly conveys the experience of one small part of the world--her own--at a particular point in a much larger history."
 Library Journal

"(a) moving and illuminating memoir."
-- History News Network

"a touching memoir."

"A moving and inspiring memoir. Her experience is detailed with unsparing accuracy, great artistry in bright prose vignettes, and most of all, with a deep compassion in all the varied stories, including references to the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with whom Ms. Chase has an abiding bond."
--The Berkshire Eagle

"(an) exquisitely written account."
--Daniel Bellow, The Berkshire Edge

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  • File Size: 5115 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438452829
  • Publisher: Excelsior Editions (July 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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