“So, how do you get run over by a truck? My first recommendation is to ride a bicycle.” Thus begins the memoir by Brooklyn-based writer, comedienne, and professional fundraiser Katie McKenna who, at age 25, had eight wheels of a semi-trailer run over her midsection while cycling in New York, NY. She very nearly died and was told she’d never walk again. Once she regained use of her hands, McKenna used journal writing as a way to come to terms with traumatic injury and the dramatic way her life was upended by one moment.
A collection of her memories from the hours before the crash to the long road of recovery that followed it, “How to Get Run Over by a Truck” offers sincere and unflinching insight into the emotional, psychological, and spiritual upheaval that follows a brush with death and the subsequent need to reimagine life in a new body. McKenna’s prose is as accessible as it is engaging – it begs you to keep reading even when the details of the injury make part of you want to stop. Her experience puts into perspective the injury we all suffer at one time or another – be it physical or emotional – and reminds us that we too can rebound in amazing ways. At times horrifying, at times heartbreaking and healing, and at times hilarious, McKenna’s memoir is a testament to the incredible resilience of the human spirit against a crushing blow.
You’ve probably seen it before. Adorning the walls and windows of bike shops around the world is a poster that reads in block letters, “The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.” Tackling one particularly vexing problem, namely the American economy, Portland-based author and bike advocate Elly Blue lays out in plain terms just how simple and effective a solution the bicycle can be.
In Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, Blue puts forward a rational, compelling case for a national shift towards bicycling in order to give the struggling economy the boost it needs. From debunking the pervasive myth that bicyclists don’t pay for roads, to highlighting the heavy burden car parking and congestion place on the economy, to exploring the potential gains for small businesses wrought by increased bicycling mode share and the incredible potential savings in health care spending, Blue’s argument is both fascinating and persuasive. Thoroughly researched, fully-footnoted, and accessible to economists and non-economists alike, the updated and expanded version of Bikenomics is an invaluable reference for bike advocates and an inspiring call to action for anyone who wants to make cycling a larger part of their life.
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