Posted by: Gary Niebuhr
What can someone who is only twenty five possibly have to say that is so significant they are encouraged to write a memoir?
Perhaps it starts with the fact that Kevin Michael Connolly was born without legs. Then after discovering that leverage is needed to be a successful wrestler, he moved onto to hurtling his body down a mountain side strapped to a mono-ski. Or, could it be that his distain of a wheelchair, which leads to propulsion by skateboard, finds him making a few trips around the world.
No, I think it is because from his skateboard, with a secret little method, he managed to capture the expressions of all the ordinary people who looked at this extraordinary individual with every possible human emotion. Including pity.
But you do not have to pity Kevin Michael Connolly. On the contrary, you need to admire his greatest skill: his ability to tell a story with self-deprecating humor at a pace that flows the reader through his life as if you were one of his traveling companions.
Forced to constantly face his legless state, Kevin does a masterful job of relaying to the reader how people feel about him but also how he feels about himself.
Books groups will find plenty to discuss here and have the added bonus of being able to look at all of Kevin’s fine photography. If The Rolling Exhibition comes to a gallery near you, you might also want to take in the array of human emotions displayed through Kevin’s lens.