Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of a Man Who Dared to See

by Kurson, Robert

Title: Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of a Man Who Dared to See

Genre: Nonfiction/ Biography/ Inspirational

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 299

Geographical Setting: California

Time Period: 1953 – present

Series: n/a

Plot Summary:

When Mike May was blinded at the age of 3 during a chemical explosion, his family was told he’d never see again.  As he grew up, May didn’t let vision loss stand in his way. He crashed through life, both literally and figuratively, from learning to ride a bicycle to driving his sister’s car down the middle of the street. May studied abroad in primitive conditions in Ghana, was hired as the first blind employee of the CIA, and won three gold medals in the Paralympics. At a routine ophthalmologist appointment Mike was offered the chance to see again.  Yet alongside this remarkable opportunity came enormous risks, including re-loss of vision and death.

Robert Kurson deftly captures Mike May’s amazing life story with a straightforward and candid approach. Alternating chapters of past and present paint a realistic and intimate look at May’s upbringing, failures and successes, marriage, family life, and life-changing decision. This inspirational story of adventure, courage, determination and loss is humorous, moving and bittersweet.

Subject Headings: Stem cell transplant, blindness, living with vision loss, living with a disabled family member, entrepreneur, science writing, skiing, Paralympics, vision restoration, life changing events, brain science, California

Appeal: Character centered, candid, inspirational, thought-provoking, humorous, upbeat, family oriented, engrossing, adventurous, well-drawn characters, informative, entertaining, detailed, candid and realistic portrayal of living with blindness

3 terms that best describe this book: inspirational, courage, vision restoration

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