BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, COLLECTIONS OF POLIO STORIES
Lee, Frank M. NEKKID. Cincinnati Book Publishing. December, 2013. A well-written easy to read story of Frank Lee told in his own way and vernacular of how growing up in the early 1950s in rural Tennesee with polio affected his outlook on life and how he struggled with his emotions and feelings for his family and relatives. Growing up poor,in need of emotional support from family that he did not receive, and help with polio must have been a draining experience but he shows continued strengths as he battles emotional loss and deprivation.
Tobin, James. The Man He Became: How FDR Deﬁed Polio to Win The Presidency. New York, Simon & Schuster; November, 2013. Tobin convincingly asserts that the struggle to overcome the disease and to resume an active life transformed Roosevelt’s character. It added steel to his personality, led to his appreciation for human suffering, and even added additional ﬁre to his already burning political ambition.
Williams, Gareth. Paralyses With Fear: The Story of Polio, New York, PalgraveMacmillan; July, 2013. Williams is a Professor of Medicine and Former Dean of Faculty at the University of Bristol, UK. Although there have been numerous books written about polio and the development of the polio vaccine, this book covers much of the good, the bad, and the ugly in the search for a vaccine.
Apps, Jerry. Limping through Life: A FarmBoy's Polio Memoir. Wisconsin Historical Society Press. April, 2013. His new book is a visit back to the time when the word "polio" caused nation wide panic, and Americans remained helpless against epidemics of this mysterious, crippling, and often fatal disease.
Rogers PhD, Naomi. Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine. New York. Oxford University Press Nov 15, 2013
O’Connor, Varley, The Master's Muse. New York, Scribner, May, 2012 This book is an evocative imagining of the deep yet complicated love between TanaquilLe Clercq, ballerina, polio survivor, and husband George Balanchine
O’Connor, Varley. The Cure. New York: Bellevue Literary Press. 2007. The daughter of MPN's late Chairman, Don Varley, Ms. O'Connor's novel was described as: "This sublimely written novel takes on large issues such as illness, race, family relations, and the varieties of human love."
B, Michael. Be The Best You Can Be: Polio My Constant Companion. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform June 25, 2012. This short book is an outline of the life of one survivor of this virus, and the legacy that remains after survival.
Kuenstler R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., C.S.W., Aletha T. Chronic Illness: Facing Its
Challenges. Maitland, FL: Xulon Press. 2011. As a person living with several chronic illnesses, including post-polio syndrome, Mrs. Kuenstler's book contains life-changing lessons and coping skills learned by the author herself, both professionally and personally, in facing these challenges. Bird, Patrick Jths from 1940.
Leff MD, Wenzel A. Traveling Without a Spare: A survivors Guide to Navigating the Post-Polio Journey, Pulman, WA.WAL Publishing LLC,. A Rough Road. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. May 2011. Bird tells his story from the point of view of the child Paddy, over a treatment period (for polio) of 19 mon 2011. Decades after recover ing from polio, many aging Americans are grapling with an emergence of newpain, weakness, and fatigue. This unforeseen symphony of symptoms is a central factof many polio survivor’s lives.
Gross, Ann K. The Polio Journals: Lessons from My Mother. Colorado: Diversity Matters Press. 2010. Part memoir, part social commentary, The Polio Journals tells the story of Carol Rosenstiel, who contracted the disease in 1927 at the age of two,leaving her permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Roth, Phillip. Nemesis. New York: Houghton Mifﬂin. 2010. A WWII-era novel about the dilemmas faced by a young playground director as a polio epidemic begins to affect the children in his care.
Sklott, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Random House. 2010. This New York Times non-ﬁction best-seller tells the story of cells which were taken from the dying Ms. Lacks. These cells, rumored for years to exist in stories told among her family, surprisingly survived and, as HeLa cells, were used in research on cancer and polio, among other diseases.
Guice, Rev. Gregory C. THE COURAGE TO CONQUER FEAR: THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL KEYS. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris, Corp. 2009. is a short book (61 pages) on the subject of fear. Polio survivor Rev. Gregory C. Guice, writes on the general idea of the fears that challenge us as well as spiritual means of overcoming those fears.
Mickle, Shelly Fraser, The Polio Hole: The Story of the Illness That Changed America. Gainesville, Fl. Wild Onion Press, January, 2009
Denecke Jean. Walking Isn't Everything. Edited by Keith Storey and Kris Gruenawald. Canada: Crystal Dream Publication. 2008. Jean's daughter and an MPN member, this book is described as "more than just a biography of one remarkable woman, it is a story of courage, determination, and love."
Presley, Gary. 7 WHEELCHAIRS: A LIFE BEYOND POLIO. Iowa: University Of Iowa Press. 2008. The unromantic truth about life in a wheelchair, moving toward a place where every individual is irreplaceable.
Bazzett, Timothy James. Love, War & Polio:The life and Times of Young Bill Porteous. Michigan: Rathole Books. 2008. An historical backdrop with details about the character Bill Porteous. Unique account of a soldier's battle with an unexpected enemy - polio. An intriguing aspect of WWII not previously explored.
Shreve, Susan Richards. Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven. New York: Houghton Mifflin. 2007. A memoir.
Backman PhD., Margaret E. The Post-Polio Experience: Psychological Insightsand Coping Strategies for Polio Survivors and Their Families. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc.. 2006. Guidelines for coping with emotional aspects, managing stress and depression, and improving doctor/patient communication.
Youdath, Raymond. 50 YEARS OF MIRACLES AND ADVENTURES. Maryland: Publish America. 2006. Is a memoir by Raymond Youdath, who came down with polio at age nineteen. His story is full of the highs and lows which we could all probably point to as we live our lives.
Wilson PhD, Daniel J. Living with Polio: The Epidemic and Its Survivors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. A focus on personal stories, testimonials, experiences in physical & emotional stages from acute polio to post polio syndrome.
Mauro, Robert. Sucking Air, Doing Wheelies. Maryland: Publish America. 2005 Memoirs of a Fifties Polio Survivor.
Aitken, Sally, D’Orazio, Helen, Valin, Stewart, editors. Walking Fingers: The Story of Polio and Those Who Lived With It. Canada: Vehicule Press. 2004. A biography of Canadian polio survivors and the family, friends and community who helped.
Creurer, Michael. The Red Brick Birdcage. Canada: SFC Inc. 2004. A biography of a Canadian polio survivor.
Creurer, Michael. Changing Lanes. Canada: SFC Inc. 1998. A guide to help when aging, illness or disability forces us into the slow lane.
Harper, Jo. WILMA RUDOLPH, OLYMPIC RUNNER . Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004. This publication tells the life story of Wilma Rudolph, black olympic woman athlete...and polio survivor.
Carsey, Carole. England on a Roll. England: Author house. 2002. A wheelchair adventure in London and the West country. Snapshots edited by Baldwin Carter 2002 Polio survivors remember.
Baker, Beryl K., Nana Needs a Nap. Barrie, Ontario: 2002. An account of experiencing polio, living a normal life, then facing post polio, that can be read to children.
Gallager, Hugh.Black Bird Fly Away.Disabled in an Able-Bodied World. Florida: Vandamere Press. 1998. A look at disability in America.
Gallager, Hugh. FDR's Splendid Deception. New York: Dodd Mead. 1994. Biography of FDR.
Miller, Dan. Living, Laughing and Loving Life! Washington: Wine Press Publishing. 1997. A man who had polio at 18, but didn't let severe paralysis stop him from fulﬁlling many dreams. There is an accompanying DVD. Polio. New York: University of Rochester, NY. 1997. Daniel, Thomas; Robbins, Fredrick, editors. A collection of essays by survivors, caregivers & medical professionals.
Hawksford, Diane Zemke. Polio-A Special Ride: One Nurse's Real Life Story of Her Experiences with Polio and Its Life-Long Ramifications in and Through Her Brother. Hopkind, MN: Diagnostic Center of Learning Patterns Inc. 1997. She has written a true life story of her brother.
Black, Kathryn. In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History. Arizona: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1996. Author tells story of her mom's battle with polio and how her family was affected.
Kehret, Peg. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. Morton Grove, IL: 1996.
This is a book for school age children explains polio and post polio experiences.
Sass, Edmund J. Polio's Legacy An Oral History. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc. 1996. 35 narrative accounts of polio and living with it's effects.
Sheed, Wilfrid. In Love with Daylight. Pleasantville, New York: Akadine Press.1995. A memoir of Recovery.
Carter, Nancy Baldwin. Of Myths and Chicken Feet. Omaha, NE: NPSA Press: 1992. A polio survivor looks at survival.
Berne PhD, Katrini. Running on Empty: Chronic Fatigue. Alamada, CA: Hunter House Publications. 1992. Description of chronic fatigue-what it does, what you can do.
Mickey, Stephen. Our Journey Through Life, Reflections on Life, Words to Inspire, The Moods of Mother Nature . Madison, WI: Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc. [no year listed] A polio survivor's poetry collections.
Beisser, Arnold R. Flying Without Wings. New York, NY.; Doubleday. 1989.
Personal reﬂections on being disabled.
Kelly, Jerry D. and Frieden, Lex. Go For It Sports and Recreation for Persons with Disabilities. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1989. On sports and recreation for persons with disabilities.
O'Brien, Patricia I. I Have Seen and Touched and Tasted Life . Saint Louis, MO: Gazette International Networking Institute, now Post-Polio Health International. 1988. 40 stories by individuals with a disability. The poetry, writings, photos/reﬂections of a polio survivor in Southeast Michigan.
Finger, Anne. Basic Skills (Awp, No9) . Missouri: Univ of Missouri Press. 1988.
A collection of short stories.
Maloff, Chalda, Macduff Wood, Susan. Business and Social Etiquette with Disabled People. Springﬁeld, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher. 1988. A guide to getting along with persons who have impairments.
Bramer, Mary. This is My Story This is My Song. Missouri: Concordia Pub House. 1984. Autobiography, paralyzed by polio in high school, relates her experiences and her determination to go to college and become a school teacher despite her handicap.
Anderson, Hoyt. The Disabled Homemaker. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd. 1981. Useful adaptations for cooking, laundry, organizing yourself, storage, clothing.
Duffy, Yvonne. All Things are Possible. Ann Arbor, Michigan: A J Garvin & Assoc. 1981. Polio survivor writes of her sexuality as a disabled woman, ideas and opinions.
Korstjens, Keith. Not a Sometimes Love.Holiday, FL: Green Key Books. 1981 Uplifting true story of a couple living with disability.
Alexander, Lawrence. The Iron Cradle : My Fight Against Polio. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1954. This biography is described as an inspiring testimony to the power of human courage.
Chon, Victor. Four Billion Dimes. Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Star and Tribune. 1951. FDR, volunteerism, finding a cure, illustrations.