Gabby - Gabrielle Giffords

Gabby

By Gabrielle Giffords

  • Release Date: 2011-11-15
  • Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords

From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance—and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.

AS INDIVIDUALS, CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. As a couple, they became a national example of the healing power to be found in deeply shared love and courage. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival “miraculous.”

As the nation grieved and sought to understand the attack, Gabby remained in private, focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment by her side, as he also prepared for his final mission as commander of space shuttle Endeavour.

Now, as Gabby’s health continues to improve, the couple is sharing their remarkable untold story. Intimate, inspiring, and unforgettably moving, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife. Told in Mark’s voice and from Gabby’s heart, the book also chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people together—their humor, their ambitions, their sense of duty, their long-distance marriage, and their desire for family.

Gabby and Mark made a pledge to tell their account as honestly as possible, and they have done so in riveting detail. Both Gabby and Mark have lived large public lives, but this book takes readers behind many closed doors—from the flight deck of the space shuttle to the cloakrooms of Congress to the hospital wards where Gabby struggled to reclaim herself with the help of formidable medical teams and devoted family and friends.

Questions are answered with unvarnished candor. How do Gabby and Mark feel about the angry political discourse that was swirling in America at the time of the shooting, and that remains prevalent today? How do they see government living up to the highest possible ideals? And how do they understand and mourn the loss of the people who did not survive that day? Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is a reminder of the power of true grit, the patience needed to overcome unimaginable obstacles, and the transcendence of love. In the story of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, we all can see the best in ourselves. As Mark and Gabby’s friends have said: “The two of them are America as we dream it can be.”

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Book Reviews

  • Gabby

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    By jajcb
    This book is as much about Mark Kelly as it is about Gabby and he comes across as self-absorbed with a huge ego. I admire and have great compassion for Gabrielle Giffords but her husband's grandiose opinion of himself is a major turnoff.
  • Amazing!!

    4
    By Ashley PP
    I had certainly heard about the shooting of Gabby Giffords on the news in January 2011, but not being a person from Arizona, or even someone who follows politics, I really took no other interest at the time other than the typical "how awful that people do such horrific things in America." It wasn't until I saw one of the interview specials, I think on ABC, that I was truly drawn in to the story of Gabby and her recovery. I had been meaning to buy this book months ago and just now got around to it and I just could not put it down and finished it in 2 short days. I am yearning to hear how Gabby is doing now, over a year after she was shot. She is truly an inspiration and America should be proud to have her serving our country.
  • Gabby Giffords

    5
    By Gary Compton
    This was an excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You see, two years ago Labor Day, my youngest son was involved in an accident which resulted in him acquiring a brain injury. So I feel I can relate to how the family can feel. Mark made those feelings seem so real in his writings of Gabby. God has blessed us all, Gabby and Mark included. M. Compton Henderson, KY
  • 'Gabby'

    5
    By Daisy Teri
    This is a beautifully written book of a woman with more courage than most of us can even imagine. I loved reading I and will remember it for a long time. A long long time.
  • A true love story

    5
    By Livcsr
    This book is more than just a report of the events that took place in Arizona back on January 8, 2010! This is a story of true, unconditional, unselfish love. And it recounts the perseverance and persistence of Congresswoman Giffords to survive, her love for life and her love for public service. I've always thought astronauts had a different make in their DNAs, but Mark's dedication to his wife is as beautiful as the launch of the space shuttles! Everyone needs to read it!
  • Gabby

    5
    By Choochalthoff
    I am speechless as I finish this story. I have Hope and Faith. Gabby is an Amazing Human Being with a gift so few people have. Although the horror behind this tragedy is real, somehow the eloquence by which it has been shared with me is something I will never forget. Mark, God Bless You and the strength by which you share with your wife. No doubt that Gabby will make a full recovery with you by her side. This is a Love Story of 2 very Special People.
  • A roller coaster

    4
    By kerry84
    Gabby's story is so terribly sad yet amazingly inspiring. Gabby is a true hero. She is a great optimist and a fighter! This is not the end of Gabrielle Giffords!
  • A must read book!!

    5
    By GagurlinVa
    Wow! I just finished reading this awesome book. Mr. Kelly, thank you and Gabby so much for writing this book. I cried when I watched the interview on t.v. With Diane Sawyer, and I cried while reading this amazing story. I can't even phantom the emotional roller coaster that this senseless tragedy has put your family through. Thank you again for sharing Gabby's story with all of us, she is a very remarkable,strong woman. She has come so far and I know that she will one day return to what she loves to do and that is to take care of the American people. God bless you, your family and most of all God bless Gabby!!!
  • Awe inspiring!

    5
    By Zombie 125
    The phrase " It takes a village" coined by Hilary Clinton, sure does come into play here! Mark and Gabby have an excellent support system around them and God was truly at work here. This was a great read, it had me laughing one minute,then crying the next. It is very inspirational and moving to see such determination, love and perseverance in all the people involved. If only more people in our government felt as deeply for their job and responsibility to their country as Marc and Gabby do we would be in a much better state of affairs. Hopefully, as more people read this wonderful book, they will begin to understand what is truly important in life. More power to you both on the journey ahead. Thanks for the read! Kerrie from East Syracuse,New York
  • Gabby

    4
    By Jane Furtwangler
    Awesome book.

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