Mothering Without a Map

In The Shadow Of Polio

In the Shadow of Polio, named by The Boston Globe as one of the ten best nonfiction works of 1996, was awarded the Colorado Book Award for Literay Nonfiction and the June Roth Award for Health and Medical Writing. It was a Denver Post bestseller.

New York Times

"A haunting story of human hope and human limits."
--The New York Times Book Review

The Boston Globe

"What Black renders with aching grace is the inner and outer horrors of polio in the wake of devastation...The emotional heritage of that motherless blank space was one of huge loss and determination for...Kathryn, who was willing to revisit all those landmarks in order to write this book."
--The Boston Globe

The Washington Post

"Black has written a touching memorial to her mother and to all the others whose lives were so cruelly changed by the mysterious disease. She brings back the mood of the times with clarity and exactitude and engages the readers' emotions without resorting to mere sentimentality."
--The Washington Post

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