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Some Crawl and Never Walk (inscribed by the author)

Celestine Tate

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ISBN 10: 0805936521 / ISBN 13: 9780805936520
Published by Dorrance Publishing Co., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing (stated). Fine, fresh example in bright, crisp, fine dust jacket. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To ____/ Celestine Tate/ 1997/ Love". Hardcover. 199 pp. Illustrated with photographs. Very scarce autobiography of Celestine Tate (d.1998), a quadriplegic street musician who was an iconic figure in Philadelphia and later Atlantic City, playing the keyboard with her mouth. Born with arthrogryposis multiplex, her limbs never fully formed. Abandoned by her parents, she was raised by grandparents, She was unabe to walk and propelled herself by hopping using her malformed arms. She had a child in 1974 but when appealing to the Philadelphia welfare system for aid, the city attempted to remove the child from her custody. In the resulting court battle, Celestine demonstrated her ability to care for the child and ws awarded custody; the case gained national attention particularly in the black community due to coverage in "Jet" magazine. Tate later took music lessons in Philadelphia and began performing in the streets before moving to Atlantic City. Legal troubles floowed her as she was cited many times foir violating ordinances regarding Boardwalk activities. This, her autobiograpohy, was finally published in 1995 with the financial assitance of boxer Evander Holyfield; obviously, signed copies are virtually impossible to find. Bookseller Inventory # E18415

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Title: Some Crawl and Never Walk (inscribed by the ...

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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The story of a very brave woman, and a story of survival against all odds. My problem with this book is that it read like it was written by a small child, but it was written by a grown woman. Would be a good read for alot of people who think they have physical problems, because Ms. Tate certainly did and never let that slow her down.

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