Lance Armstrong has dazzled the world with his six straight Tour de France championships, his winning personality, and his poignant victory over life-threatening cancer. Yet the adage that "behind every strong man there is a stronger woman" has never been more true than in Lances case. His mother, Linda Armstrong Kelly, is a force of nature whose determination, optimism, and sheer joie de vivre not only nurtured one of our eras greatest athletes but fueled her own transformation from a poverty-stricken teen in the Dallas projects to a powerful role model for mothers everywhere. This luminous memoir, written with humor and compassion, tells Lindas story of survival.
Pregnant at age seventeen, kicked out of her home, and mired in an abusive relationship, Linda was a perfect candidate for disaster. But armed with a fierce belief in herself as a work in progress, and buoyed by a tidal wave of love for her little boy, Linda flouted statistics and became both a corner-office executive and a no-nonsense, empowering mom whose desire to excel was contagious. Her resolve to find the diamond in the Dumpster, the blessing in every bummer set an extraordinary example for Lanceand will inspire everyday moms to dream big and make a difference.
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'If this autobiography by the mother of cyclist Lance Armstrong is the essence of greeting-card sentimentality and rah-rah optimism, it still reveals the force behind the six-time (and counting) Tour de France champion.' -- Booklist
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