Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

Gabby A Story of Courage and Hope 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

  • Title: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
  • Author: Gabrielle Giffords Mark Edward Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781451661064
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 INDIVIDUALS, CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and her husband, astronaut MaFrom 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 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.

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    1. Gabrielle Giffords Mark Edward Kelly

      Gabrielle Dee Gabby Giffords is an American politician from the U.S state of Arizona As a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she represented Arizona s 8th congressional district from January 3, 2007 until her resignation on January 25, 2012, after surviving an assassination attempt that left her with a severe brain injury She is the third woman in Arizona s history to be elected to the U.S Congress Considered a Blue Dog Democrat, her focus on health care reform and illegal immigration were sources of attention for those opposed to her candidacy and made her a recipient of criticism from various conservative groups.Giffords is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Scripps College and Cornell University Prior to her election to the United States Congress, Giffords served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 until 2003 and the Arizona State Senate from 2003 until 2005, when she resigned to run for the house seat held by then Congressman Jim Kolbe She also worked as an associate for regional economic development for Price Waterhouse in New York City, and as CEO of El Campo Tire Warehouses, a local automotive chain owned by her grandfather She is married to former astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Mark E Kelly.On January 8, 2011, just a week into her third term, Giffords was a victim of an assassination attempt near Tucson, at a Safeway supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head a total of thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll and a 9 year old child, Christina Taylor Green Giffords was later brought to a rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas, where she recovered some of her ability to walk, speak, read and write On May 16, 2011, Giffords traveled to Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of STS 134, the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was commanded by her husband Mark Kelly.On January 22, 2012, Giffords announced her resignation from her congressional seat in order to concentrate on recovering from her wounds, but promised to return to public service in the future She appeared on the floor of the House on January 25, 2012, where she formally submitted her resignation to a standing ovation and accolades from her colleagues and the leadership of the House.

    803 thoughts on “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope”

    1. I have so many reactions to this book, many of which are based in personal experiences.First, let me state that I vote in Tucson. Giffords is my representative. I rarely get involved in politics, as I’m so often out of the US, but I happened to be in Tucson for the 2010 election and did some GOTV work on her behalf.The tension in Tucson before the election was extremely high, and I felt nervous around some of those supporting the tea party candidate opposing her. They were loud and threatening [...]

    2. pg 89 “I also think back to the time, after my second space flight, in 2006, when Gabby and I got to have lunch with the legendary British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who is paralyzed due to a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease. It takes him an excruciatingly long time to say anything, and I pretty much gave up on conversing with him beyond a few pleasantries. But Gabby was just incredible. She intuitively knew what to do. After my failed attempt at interacting with Dr. Hawking, she kneeled do [...]

    3. I finally understand why I took so long to finish this book – HOPE. Something that is in short supply of during these times and I found that Gabrielle Gifford’s most challenging moment offers hope to the rest of us. The gunshot wound that she received to her head would have killed most people, but she fought, her husband fought, her parents fought and every one of her loved ones fought. This is a person that is loved and because of that love, we saw a miracle happen.On January 8, 2011, while [...]

    4. I was suprised by this book. I expected the usual sugar-coated we went through hell, but all is rosy, sort of, book. It was not such. It was a brave, honest, many times painful, but ultimately trandescendant, factual recounting. I was also surprised by the depth of layers in this book. You get to learn details about NASA. Management seems as bad there as everywhere. You get to learn what you have to do to command, launch, dock in space and return the shuttle with a pluperfect score. You get to h [...]

    5. in the end i suppose i'm glad that i read this, but as a tucsonan it was a very difficult read (emotionally). i was thankful for the last chapter done in gabby's own voice, and that she still has hope. the main criticism i've heard about this book was that it was too much about mark kelly but i'm unclear how it could be otherwise. it wasn't billed as a biography. true there is a lot in the book about NASA and kelly's last space shuttle, but it was interesting.i really do hope that one day gabby [...]

    6. It's unfortunate that I never gave much attention to either of these individuals before tragedy hit. Like most, I've been following Gabby's improvement in the news, most recently with the 20/20 interview. The book reveals that the backstory given in the interview was only a small sampling of what their life has been like this year. Quick verdict: I highly recommend this book. Her amazing struggle to recover from being shot in the head (THE HEAD!) is book-worthy, but I also find the level of comm [...]

    7. When I was reading about Gabby's rehab, I thought of people in my life who hadn't gotten an adequate rehab and had lost their mobility as a result. The issue goes well beyond the brain injured. Anyone who spends enough time confined to a hospital bed needs rehab afterward. I'm sure Gabrielle Gifford is determined to help other brain injured people who don't have her coverage, but what about the 99% who need rehab, and aren't brain injured?I actually do have a friend with a brain injury which hap [...]

    8. I won this from a First Reads giveaway. I have to say, I am so happy I did.This was an emotional book.I, like many others, hadn't heard of Gabrielle Giffords until January 8, 2011. Since the shooting that day in Arizona, I have been following her story very closely. That is why I was happy to receive this book.The book is written by Gabby's husband, Mark Kelly, with help from Jeffrey Zaslow. He tells the story from his point of view, which is interesting and emotional at times. The book covers [...]

    9. This was truly an amazing and inspiring story. Gabrielle Giffords was a Congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head while doing a public event in her district on January 8, 2011. Six people also at the event died, and 19 others were also seriously wounded. This is her story and that of her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. It shares their lives before the event and what has happened since.I have always been intrigued by Gabby Giffords. She had her traumatic brain injury just a week before R [...]

    10. What an incredibly, beautifully written book by a husband (although, I could def. see Zaslow's input)re: his wife's rise to public office and her incredible comeback from being shot in the head.I must say that when it came across the news, that Gabby had been shot in the head, I broke down crying (I tend to remember the news had at first stated she died). I couldn't figure out the sense of the crime, particularly against this woman. I had seen her interviewed numerous times on Greta Van Sustern [...]

    11. This is a book that I scored this high not because of the writing (which was competent and engaging but not particularly moving) but because of the story. I'm a Tucsonan and love Tucson, and even though Gabrielle Giffords was not MY Congresswoman (I'm in Grijalva's district), I have been a fan of hers almost as long as I've been in Tucson. I've followed her story in the Weekly and always admired her for being young, athletic, attractive, devoted to Tucson, and known for being a "nice" politician [...]

    12. After Gabby Giffords was shot in an incident that left others killed and her gravely injured, I was curious about her. I had heard of her husband, Mark Kelly the astronaut, but was unfamiliar with Congresswoman Giffords. I picked this up on impulse from the library in order to learn more. This book is a celebration of her life, including photos from infancy to present day. There are numerous details about her relationship with Mark from their meeting, to wedding, to his help with her recovery. T [...]

    13. My interest in this book was of course (1) the courageous and fascinating personal story of a remarkable couple and (2) I wanted to read what they had to say about Gabby's rehab course and see how they presented it. I've had the privilege and challenge of overseeing the medical and therapeutic care of many patients with injuries like those described in this book. The authors present a realistic picture and do a pretty good job at describing the roller-coaster that rehab often is. The way they de [...]

    14. Like many, without the tragic shooting in Tucson I would have never heard of Gabrielle Giffords. There would be no reason to. I live in Kentucky, I'm a republician (don't frown like it's an evil thing!), and I do not follow Arizona, or the NASA program.Tucson changed all of that. I though this book was an exremely up-close and honest take on that day, and the days that follow. I am a bit biased, as a Speech Therapist (Speech and Language Pathologist for the proper title :) I was concerned how th [...]

    15. This book is very aptly titled. It truly is a story of courage and hope. I expected something a little more medically-oriented, which would have been fine, but this is a wonderfully-told, full, real-life story. The balance of long ago and more recent, tragedy and comedy, his career and hers, sorrow and joy is beautifully done. I'm a bit biased, having real-life connections to both Mark and Gabby, but I feel that I can honestly put that aside and say that this book is truly wonderful. It tells us [...]

    16. As a student in Mr. Pfeffer's High School Civics class I learned about "Free Cheese" and how sitting in the back of class with the B's, C's and D's (alphabetically-not grade wise) was way cooler than sitting in the front. That said, I wish this book would have been available way back then as it is a readable discourse on civility and serving your country. In addition, it touches on how congress works, blended families, and reaching your goals. Oh, and it has space travel and a shooting, too.Rega [...]

    17. I really liked this book and it is a testament to Gabby's spirit and ideas. I was struck by her realization that she represented all people of her district, not just the ones who voted for her and was sympathetic to them when she was an active member of Congress and not "full of herself" as is my perception of others in public, government service. She made herself so accessible and really seemed to care about her constituents. I wish the level of care she received is available to all head injury [...]

    18. I am a sucker for books about women in political power. While there were times the book lost me, the final chapters and the message Giffords wrote made me love her even more.So yeah, it's more 5 stars for Gabrielle Giffords and not the book.

    19. The story of Giffords's life and recovery are amazing and inspiring, of course, but this book was more about Mark Kelly and about Giffords's relationship with Kelly than about her and her recovery--which wasn't what I had hoped or anticipated the book to be.Mark Kelly should've cut most of the material about his own life and accomplishments, pasted it into a separate Word document, and used it later for his own memoir. It's memoir material, but not for this memoir.

    20. "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope".(And Politics)I'm finally getting around to posting my review for what could have been an amazing book. Don't misunderstand, it had the potential to be a great book, and honestly, it was in parts. The few about Gabby.I, like so many others, followed the tragedy in Tuscon where Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head. I cried at the senselessness of it, for Mrs. Giffords, for the 13 who were wounded, and the six people who were killed. After having read th [...]

    21. I absolutely LOVED this book. I followed the news of Gabby's shooting and recovery somewhat, but after seeing her interview on 20/20, I was interested to read her story. I am so glad I read this book and got to learn more about her as a Congresswoman and as a woman. She is truly inspirational and her courage and strength go behond anything you could imagine. She seems like a genuinely good person who really cares for her constituents and for democracy in American. When you look at all the people [...]

    22. I received this book for free as a First Reads giveaway.I'm not all that into politics. I didn't even know who Gabrielle Giffords was before the shooting in Arizona. But I was touched by her story and fascinated by her seemingly miraculous recovery, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I'd heard what the media and the general public had to say about everything - I wanted to read what she and her husband Mark had to say.This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. It's [...]

    23. The best memoirs enlighten and inspire, and “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope” manages to recount a romance with tenderness, to tell a story of politics without wonkiness, to share a tale of tragedy without melodrama.I loved this book.“Gabby” is about Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Congresswoman who was shot in the head by a lunatic two years ago. Six people died, and 12 others were injured. The story is told by Mark Kelly, her astronaut husband. If I have any quibbles about the book [...]

    24. Gabby is a book written to tell the story of Gabrielle Giffords. Mark Kelly, author, husband, and astronaut of the beautiful, kind, loving, and courageous Senator of Arizona, tells of her life, his, and their journey through recovery of a shot through the brain. Gabby is a self-acclaimed, hard worker from a small town in Arizona. Mark is a twin, both of them astronauts, born in Orange, New Jersey. How they met each other being from such different places and married having such different hectic l [...]

    25. There's a certain awe and wonder that comes out of something like Gabby Giffords' recovery following the Tuscon shooting. Surviving such an ordeal seems like a mixed blessing. It's hard not to read the story of her unlikely recovery from this event and wonder: to what end? Most anyone would become a recluse in response to this, but Gabby has demonstrated every intention to return to Congress. Obviously, Giffords has been in poor condition to properly serve her constituents since the shooting (a [...]

    26. I had some mixed feelings about this book. I listened to the audio CD version and can't say that Mark Kelly is my favorite narrator ever. I also thought the book kind of bounced around in a hard to follow fashion. I couldn't always follow where the story was going or what point of life was being described. This was more pronounced for me towards the beginning but became much more clear as the book went on. I was also conflicted regarding the authors' choice to leave the attacker's name and, more [...]

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