Double Take A Memoir
A remarkable memoir that explores what it means to be whole. Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether being swarmed by flocks of by Japanese tourists at Epcot center as a child, or holding center court at the X Games on his monoski as a teenager, Kevin has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, Kevin traveled to 17 countries on his skateboard and took over 30,000 photographs of people gaping at him. In this strikingly candid memoir, Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. Written with considerable wit, "Double Take" is an unsentimental coming of age story that will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 129.54 x 198.12 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
- 15 Jun 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
- black & white illustrations
"Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs." -- Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "[A] charming memoir... Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid-one who happened to be born without legs...[Double Take] makes for an empowering read." -- People "A courageous, immensely rewarding chronicle expressed in arresting words and pictures." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Life's most successful survivors meet adversity head on, with an unflinching eye, candor and with humor. Kevin Connolly has such an eye and weaves a rich memoir from the gut about his amazing journey through life." -- Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant "Beautiful, revealing, and stimulating...[Connolly] is a good storyteller...whether describing his first high school wrestling match, the path from novice to champion skier or what it's like to travel around the world on a skateboard." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Touching and comedic, inspiring and telling...[Double Take] is a remarkable portrait of the human spirit." -- The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co "[Double Take] reminds the reader that perspective is everything. It's an inspiring read about a human being who doesn't concern himself with what he has lost or never had. [Kevin Connolly] is a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us." -- Sacramento Book Review
Back cover copy
Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries on his skateboard, including Bosnia, China, Ukraine, and Japan. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. In this dazzling memoir, Kevin Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. From the home of his family in Helena, Montana, to the streets of Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Kevin's remarkable journey will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.
About Kevin Michael Connolly
Born without legs, raised in Montana, and now a skateboarding world traveler, Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most people never will. His internationally acclaimed photo series, The Rolling Exhibition, which encompasses seventeen countries and more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him, has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.