Just Breathe Normally (American Lives)

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Just Breathe Normally opens with a traumatic accident. Shattered perceptions and shards of narrative recount the events, from wreck through recovery and beyond. In lyric prose, the stories spiral back through generations to touch on questions of mortality and family, immigration and migration, legacies intended or inflicted. In the wake of her near-fatal cycling collision, Peggy Shumaker searches for meaning within extremity. Through a long convalescence, she reevaluates her family’s past, treating us to a meditation on the meaning of justice and the role of love in the grueling process of healing. Her book, a moving memoir of childhood and family, testifies to the power of collective empathy in the transformations that make and remake us throughout our lives. We all live with injury and loss. This book transforms injury, transforms loss. Shumaker crafts language unlike anyone else, language at once poetic and profound. Her memoir enacts our human desire to understand the fragmented self. We see in practice the power of words to restore what medical science cannot: the fragile human psyche and its immense capacity for forgiveness.

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Peggy Shumaker is professor emerita of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the author of several books of poetry, including Blaze and Underground Rivers. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

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"Shumaker, a poet, has a haunting, lyrical quality to her writing. . . . Just Breathe Normally is a deft example of using the past to understand and overcome the present." -- Libbie Martin "Fairbanks Daily News-Miner" (10/07/2007)

"Shumaker has crafted an unforgettable, transcendent memoir. Full of heartbreaking loss, searing insights, and language both sensual and profound." -- Michele Poulos "Blackbird"

?Shumaker, a poet, has a haunting, lyrical quality to her writing. . . . Just Breathe Normally is a deft example of using the past to understand and overcome the present. Libbie Martin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner -- Libbie Martin "Fairbanks Daily News-Miner" (10/07/2007)

?Shumaker has crafted an unforgettable, transcendent memoir. Full of heartbreaking loss, searing insights, and language both sensual and profound. Michele Poulos, Blackbird -- Michele Poulos "Blackbird"

?A remarkable tribute to the indomitable will to live and love. As memory bubbles up through a mind shaken loose from its linear clock, Peggy Shumaker shows us the route to compassion through the compressed power of language to open new worlds. If this book were poker, it would see your life and raise you one. Judith Kitchen, author of Distance and Direction -- Judith Kitchen (09/20/2006)

?Here's the truth of a single life presented in scenes so lyric, so honest, so encompassing, that in reading Just Breathe Normally I felt guided into wakefulness. Peggy Shumaker has rendered a masterpiece. This is the finest memoir I?ve read in years. Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life -- Mark Spragg (05/30/2006)

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