Thursday, January 03, 2008

My Maggie

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This is my attempt to review a book called My Maggie, written by Rich King, a sportscaster in the Chicago area.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book. I heard about it from another Usherite (person who has Usher syndrome). She exclaimed that she wouldn’t be surprised if the book were made into a movie. That intrigued me. I am always interested when a book has a character, fiction or non-fiction, with Usher syndrome.

The book was already checked out of the library. Get this:. There was a waiting list!! I was number three. Was this book in demand or what? It just came out a few months ago. After another month, I had to be put back on the waiting list. Something happened and I was dropped. Now, another month or so later of waiting, I caved in. I bought the book. There. No more waiting. And I am sooo glad I did.

I LOVE, LOVE this book!! From the first word to the last. As many readers say. I didn't want to put the book down till I was finished!!

It was about the author’s wife, Maggie. (I thought to myself that I definitely wanted to read this book to get a spousal perspective!!) It was more or less a tribute to Maggie's life. I'll try not to spoil it for anyone, so I will try not to give away too much information.

How often can someone say they married their soulmate? The almost perfect person? Look at the divorce rate. Not many, I’ll bet.

Maggie dealt with hearing loss and later, impeding blindness. Not only that, but had three different kinds of cancer. She switched careers in the prime of her life, to do what she loved most-helping people.

They shared a love so deep, yet gave each other plenty of breathing room to do their own “thing”. Hers was advocacy for the disabled.

I laughed, I cried, I related. I could empathize with so much of what Maggie went through with Usher syndrome. I also loved getting a view, an angle of a person who is close to a person with Usher syndrome. I felt the concerns that he had to go through, but in the end, giving her the independence she wanted, needed. To do daily everyday things, such as walking around with a cane-in a strange city-on her own. That is selfless. I could see a lot of partners hold back a person for fear of their safety. That took a lot of restraint.

I admire Maggie’s strength. I thank Rich for sharing her life with us.

Without further ado, I give it ***** rating. :) Maybe I’m prejudiced because I know Usher syndrome personally, but I guarantee that you’ll be moved by Maggie’s strong spirit. I think that my friend, who recommended this book, is right. This book has Lifetime movie potential written all over it.

In the book, a link was given to see more about My Maggie.



At Thu Jan 03, 07:40:00 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Sounds great. Excellent review! I think you mentioned this one to me before (and I've read another one you recommended). I got some gift certificates for the book store for Christmas so now I'll add this to my "To Buy" list.

At Thu Jan 03, 10:19:00 PM , Blogger Amrita said...

I would love to read this book

At Thu Jan 03, 11:25:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the book. Now you have encouraged me to get started. Thanks for the review. HUGS, Molly CC

At Fri Jan 04, 02:42:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
Anne, here. Thanks for the good book review. I hope it comes out on audio tape or CD for those of us who need more than 12-pt. text...

At Fri Jan 04, 05:24:00 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Beth-Thanks. It was the one I mentioned to you. It's a good book.

Amrita-Good. It's a moving book.

Molly-Good. Nothing like motivation to get started. How about that 20 pounds I have been working on? I need motivation. LOL.

Anne-At the My Maggie website, there is an audio book available. I'll email it to you.

Would you like me to change the settings of the blog? I did have it with a dark background with white lettering, but changed it. I can try to work something out. I am thinking about changing it-I know what may come down the road for me and I would need to change something. I'm working on it.

At Tue Jan 08, 06:08:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there Shari,

I wish I could tell you how I found you - I have no clue though:)

I just read your post entitled 'Twinkle,Twinkle
Little Star' and thought of my nickname of Wishingstar that I have used for all ll years of
my computer experience.

Onto ''My Maggie'', I watched a clip of this wonderful man, Rich- I *think*
the the clip was Rich on the Today Show,
talking of the privilege
of looking after Maggie,
his soulmate.

and YES, to audio!

aka wishingstar

At Wed Jan 09, 06:40:00 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Hi Cathi, thanks for stopping by. I usually find blogs by reading other blogs. LOL. Or googling a topic. I wish I'd seen that clip. Come again any time. :)


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