A Story of Courage and Hope

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From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance--and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.

AS INDIVIDUALS, CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. As a couple, they became a national example of the healing power to be found in deeply shared love and courage. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival "miraculous."

As the nation grieved and sought to understand the attack, Gabby remained in private, focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment by her side, as he also prepared for his final mission as commander of space shuttle Endeavour .

Now, as Gabby's health continues to improve, the couple is sharing their remarkable untold story. Intimate, inspiring, and unforgettably moving, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife. Told in Mark's voice and from Gabby's heart, the book also chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people together--their humor, their ambitions, their sense of duty, their long-distance marriage, and their desire for family.

Gabby and Mark made a pledge to tell their account as honestly as possible, and they have done so in riveting detail. Both Gabby and Mark have lived large public lives, but this book takes readers behind many closed doors--from the flight deck of the space shuttle to the cloakrooms of Congress to the hospital wards where Gabby struggled to reclaim herself with the help of formidable medical teams and devoted family and friends.

Questions are answered with unvarnished candor. How do Gabby and Mark feel about the angry political discourse that was swirling in America at the time of the shooting, and that remains prevalent today? How do they see government living up to the highest possible ideals? And how do they understand and mourn the loss of the people who did not survive that day? Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is a reminder of the power of true grit, the patience needed to overcome unimaginable obstacles, and the transcendence of love. In the story of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, we all can see the best in ourselves. As Mark and Gabby's friends have said: "The two of them are America as we dream it can be."
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2011.
ISBN: 9781451661064
Characteristics: vii, 309 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Kelly, Mark E.
Zaslow, Jeffrey


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Nov 26, 2015

A personal look into the lives of two not so ordinary people and how they dealt with extreme adversity.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"Congresswoman Giffords and her astronaut husband recount her early years, their marriage, the assassination attempt that left her gravely wounded and took the lives of six others, and her rehabilitation." September 2013 Biography and Memoir

Jun 24, 2012

A really great book. I didn't much like Gabby's husband Mark Kelly much when I witnessed him in interviews with Gabby. However, I'm glad I read this book because it showed another side of Mark I didn't see before.
I wish the both of them the best in the future.

Apr 08, 2012

Good biographies, like this one, teach us lessons that we can take with us on our own journeys.
Gabby's story is incredible. I admire her determination in the face of such a difficult injury. The book gives us some insight into this persistance of hers. She has always faced challenges head on and as the challenges grew bigger she rose to meet them.
I believe that if she'd spent her life shying away from hard work her response to a hardship like this would have reflected that and there would be nothing remarkable to see. This kind of courage and resolve is built, day by day, it doesn't just appear overnight.
We may not be successful American senators married to astronauts. It's unlikely we are going through rehabilitation for a brain injury. But we can still relate this to our own lives.
Her story shows me the importance of what we do every day and that over time we can become stronger. I want to remember that while I react to the misfortune in my own life.

Mar 13, 2012

An exceptional book of courage, hope, determination, and working past the impossible. Mark Kelly has a crisp style of writing, and his voice comes across quite clearly. Gabrielle Giffords' personality, both before and after the shooting shines right through. The narrative is matter of fact, deeply sad at times, very human, and even funny on occasion. I can't say how much collaborator Jeffrey Zaslow was involved in the process, because the book feels very true to Kelly's voice. The lasting impression of the book is the sense that we get to really like and admire these two people, both for who they've been and what they've done in the past, and the extraordinary resilience they've shown since that terrible day.

Jan 26, 2012

Seriously one of the best auto/biography's I've ever read, emotional, interesting, poignant, full of hope and courage, and little steps forward. I read it in one sitting in about 4 1/2 hours, then I read it again the next day. It has photos of Gabby in the hospital and on the road to recovery. Honest, endearing, and wonderful, and if you read right to the very back Gabby in her own words - it's wondeful. If you like stories of peoples lives, you'll LOVE this one.

Dec 17, 2011

So full of courage and hope. Gabby is one of a kind. Her story resounds with her determination and desire to help other. She has a great sense of humor. Enjoy!

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