Post Number: 8251
|Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 06:05 pm: ||
Introducing "The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis," a memoir by identical twins Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, published in Dec. 2007 by the University of Missouri Press. Born in 1972 in California to Japanese and German immigrant parents, Isabel and Anabel are identical twins who recount their lifelong struggle to pursue normal lives with cystic fibrosis while grappling with the realization that they will die young. This coming-of-age story reveals their tumultuous battle against their bodies, their desire for independent identities and their gradual acceptance of being loveable despite being physically different. In the end, they discover that their deep-seated dependence on each other has allowed them to survive long enough to reap the benefits of miraculous lung transplants. In the “Power of Two,” they share a life shaped by cultural tradition, dedication from a family that would not give up, and inspiration from others who have shared in the plight of having cystic fibrosis. This memoir is rich in life lessons, depth and appreciation.
“It is the unfortunate habit of books on illness and recovery to rely heavily on sanitized clichés. The downs are very down, the ups sky-high. This honest and carefully observed account avoids preconceived notions of the complicated path toward an organ transplant. Describing the stages of the affliction in detail, it makes you feel you were there, suffering a pain you had heard about but never really visualized, aware that death is no longer just a concept but could come at any time, and experiencing the complex emotions that come with being saved because someone else died. For readers who have not been close to a wasting disease, it will be an eye-opener, horrifying but in the end inspiring, a tale of courage being tested all day and every day.” - Reg Green, Author, "The Nicolas Effect: A Boy's Gift to the World"
Three Stars; "the connectedness of twins shines" in this "grippingly honest" memoir! --People Magazine , December 17, 2007
"...always powerful and filled with life and spirit, alike."
--Frank Deford, Author, “Alex: The Life of a Child”
The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or directly from the publisher at http://press.umsystem.edu/fall2007/stenzel.htm . For more information, please see the author's website at: www.stenzeltwins.com.
Post Number: 249
|Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 10:16 am: ||
I personally know Ana and Isa (via the Games) and they are just as awesome in person as they come across the pages of their book. :-)