About the Book

Life Prints

Life Prints

A Memoir of Healing and Discovery
December 2001
Trade Paperback · 240 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · $18.00 CAN
ISBN 9781558612761
The Feminist Press at CUNY


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After contracting polio, six-year-old Mary Grimley became the nation's first "poster child," photographed with President Roosevelt at his Warm Springs rehabilitation center. But a close look at the photo reveals something else—this bold child is less than impressed with the role of poor crippled girl.

Mary Mason's life story records her triumph over the limits society sets for the disabled and her later discovery of another barrier—the sexism of friends, family, and even herself as she strives to become a respected scholar. Declared, "concise, clear, sensitive and beautifully written," by Library Journal, Mason's struggle is one of courage as she contends with the forces that seek to define and limit her.

Mary Grimley Mason lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.