A Nearly Normal Life by Charles L. Mee

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In the summer of 1953 the author was a carefree, athletic boy of fourteen. But after he collapsed during a school dance one night, he was suddenly bedridden, drifting in & out of consciousness, as his body disintegrated into a shadow of its former self. He had been stricken with spinal polio. When he emerged from the grip of the disease, he was confronted with a life change so enormous that it challenged all he had believed in & forced him, despite his young age, to redefine himself. His once stereotypically normal life, filled with baseball & swimming pools & dreams of girls, had been irreversibly altered. He was almost the same person he had been; he was nearly normal. His moving personal narrative is a textured portrait of life in the fifties - a time when America & her fighting spirit collided with this disease. Both funny & profound, he is a gifted, unique writer, who unravels the mysteries of youth in a Cold War climate, who gives voice to the mind of a child with a potentially fatal disease, & whose recognition of himself as a disabled outsider heightens his brilliant talents as a storyteller.

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Other plays by Charles Mee include Chiang Kai Chek, My House was Collapsing Toward One Side, Agamemnon, Another Person is a Foreign Country, and The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem. Among his books are Playing God; The Genius of the People; Meeting at Potsdam; The End of Order, and The Marshall Plan.
Published May 21, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 227 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Deeply ingrained with the ideal of the normal—he gives a wonderful picture of middle-American normality of the 1950s complete with paint-by-numbers art, Father Knows Best, and stay-at-home moms raising football-playing sons and cheerleader daughters—Mee could not deny his own deviance from that n...

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As a result, many polio victims were subjected to useless operations and treatments because their frustrated doctors needed to ""do something."" Mee also describes the pervading climate of fear that polio triggered among parents and provides an informed account of how the Salk vaccine ended the e...

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