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Robert Kurson Books

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

When Robert Kurson’s first book Shadow Divers was recommended to me, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I was wrong! The book is an exciting true tale of two men who discover a wreck where no ship was reported to have sunk. It takes several years to piece together the story during which time some historical “facts” are debunked. Along the way, the reader vicariously experiences the dangers of shipwreck diving and meets several people who engage in this risky activity. Although the language is “salty” at times, Shadow Divers will keep you reading. 

Kurson’s second book Crashing Through tells a very different type of story, but one that is equally fascinating. Mike May lost his eyesight at the age of 3 due to a chemical accident. More than 40 years later, he has the opportunity to possibly have this eyesight restored. The procedure comes without guarantees and many potential dangers. May functions extremely well without sight. He’d pioneered a way for the blind to downhill ski, winning 3 gold medals in the Paralympics. He’d worked for the CIA. Did he need to see? Crashing Through isn’t just the story of Mike May’s life. It delves into how the brain has to work in order for the eyes to “see.” An inspiring and enlightening read!

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Written by Susan Dailey

I’m Susan Dailey, the manager of the Ossian Branch Library. I’ve worked at the library since I was in high school. (In fact, I received my first library paycheck before my driver’s license!) I’m also a “minor celebrity” to the kids in Ossian because I read books to the preschoolers and kindergartners each month. I've written two books for librarians with ideas for storytime and have taught workshops on the topic around the country.

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