Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness
Josh Sundquist was an energetic and inquisitive nine-year-old when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer that eventually claimed his left leg. His extraordinary journey takes him from his small southern townwith his father, an aspiring pastor questioning his faith, and his mother, a rigidly conservative homeschool teacherthrough a dizzying array of hospitals, on to high school, and then to the mountains, where Josh learns to ski. On the slopes, Josh's world bursts wide open and he finds within him the drive to become a champion skier, despite his disability. While he navigates the dramas of high school and an unstable home life, Josh keeps his eyes on the prizethe 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy. Just Don't Fall isn't just the story of a boy becoming a man, but of a champion realizing his greatest aspiration.Publisher description.
"What a voice! I loved this book, every page." -Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author of The Middle Place "Inspiring. Courageous. Sometimes heartbreaking. The tough lesson that less than a hundred percent is still all right." -John le CarrT "I didn't want to put this book down. It was more than the amazing story-it was the honesty of a voice that spoke, without a whiff of melodrama, about loss and worry and determination." -Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge "Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read-not to mention poignant and funny. If I ever find myself wallowing in self-pity, I plan to reach for Josh Sundquist's book." -A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically "Josh Sundquist has not only written an inspirational memoir about elegantly and deftly triumphing over adversity, but he has also written a fascinating and hilarious one...incredible energy...moving and deeply affecting." -Isabel Gillies, author of the New York Times bestselling Happens Every Day "A remarkable account of a young man's triumph over adversity. It shows that disability need not be a barrier to great achievement. This book is brimming with hope and humor, joy and courage, but most of all love." -Daniel Tammet, New York Times bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day "His story made me laugh out loud and cry at the most unexpected moments. He is funny, poignant, irreverent, and full of life." -Donna VanLiere, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Grace "I finished this book with a profound sense of awe ... a phenomenally gifted writer. Bravo for this original voice-the memoir shelves shifted for Frank McCourt, and they will shift once again for Josh Sundquist." -Elizabeth Hyde, author of In the Heart of the Canyon and The Abortionist's Daughter "An absolutely beautiful story of strength, integrity, and passion for life. His wry humor and rich evocation of the people in his life make this an entirely engrossing read, and his storytelling gifts are clear. I look forward to reading whatever this talented young writer comes up with next." -Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
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