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Mermaid

A Memoir of Resilience

Cronin, Mary Eileen

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Cronin, born without legs, describes her life growing up as one of eleven children in a large Catholic family, wearing prosthetics, going to school, facing bullies, and searching for love and happiness. She felt most comfortable and happiest relaxing and skinny dipping with her girlfriends, imagining herself "an elusive mermaid." As her mother battled mental illness, Cronin tried to get her to say whether she took thalidomide during her 1960 pregnancy. Eventually she found the strength to set out on her own, volunteering at hospitals, earning a PhD in clinical psychology, and developing her capacity to forgive and accept life as a journey of self-discovery and transformation. A woman born without legs describes her life growing up as one of eleven children in a large Catholic family, wearing prosthetics, going to school, facing bullies, and searching for love and happiness.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0393089010
9780393089011
Characteristics: viii, 336 pages ;,25 cm

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"Born with legs that ended at her knees, author Eileen Cronin was one of 11 children in a boisterous family without quite enough parental attention to go around. Though her family didn't make her feel different, once she got to school she had to learn to stand up to bullies and deal with social alienation. Eventually, the stresses of being "disabled" made her turn to alcohol, and she spent years battling to recover from addiction." Biography and Memoir March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1622705f-5af4-4dc2-9e26-3b28d1be098f?postId=f56cf88e-7093-4fd9-bfa7-93d497929bcc

Mar 03, 2014
  • cgloden rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a really well written and honest look at a girl growing up without legs. The book explores the struggle with getting her mom to admit that she took a drug while she was in the womb that caused her legs to shrink up. She was born before prosthetics were what they are today and it made for some funny and interesting stories. Very brave, strong lady!!

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