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Minneapolis Star Tribune - June 28, 2006
"[Sanford's] book is a beautifully written account of his story.
It is sobering, with its revelations of just how unbearable human
existence can become after such a physical trauma, yet reassuring,
through its narrative of how one man can adapt and learn from his
own experience what an entire medical establishment had told him not
Reader's Digest (Editors' Choice) – June 1, 2006
“Matthew Sanford was 13 when a car crash killed his father and
sister and left him paralyzed from the chest down. In Waking: A
Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, he recounts the inspiring
tale of how, with enormous determination, he crafted a rich life
that today includes a wife and a young son.”