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Riding with Miss Lindsey
by James D Alexander   

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Publisher:  American Book Publishing ISBN-10:  1589823591 Type: 



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Lindsey Alexander came into the world with Down syndrome and serious heart defects. Against the odds, she fought back to live sixteen joyous years with her family. This tender memoir, written by her own father, celebrates the love and the laughter Lindsey brought to all who knew her—a compelling story about a remarkable young girl and a father's love that you won't want to miss. You'll be glad you came along for the ride.


The sun shimmered on the lake this fine spring morning. I thought about how lucky I was to have had a morning traveling partner all those years and having been able to see the lake together. I thought about how something experienced alone is never as special as when you see it through someone else’s eyes. In just a few fleeting moments I was across the bridge and the beautiful view was gone. In a way, I reasoned, this was like Lindsey’s life—a short span of sixteen years that we crossed like a bridge over a lake with a fabulous view. Then it was gone and we were left with lots of memories, pictures, videos, and a world of grief.
Being around Lindsey was like wearing special glasses because she pulled you into her world. When she passed, I realized those “Lindsey glasses” were taken away, and I thought to myself, “You know, that world was a pretty cool place.” It was full of joy, humor, and excitement about the next thing to do or even something as simple as the next meal. I think I want to find those glasses again someday and put them on forever.
"A heartfelt and touching piece that captures the potential of the human spirit and shares and embraces the giftedness of people with intellectual disabilities."
—Special Olympics

"Jim Alexander's book Riding with Miss Lindsey is a heartwarming account of all those moments in his daughter's childhood that he wishes he could hold on to forever…Sunday trips to the grocery store, Lindsey reading books to her baby brother, Lindsey riding in the front seat of her dad's red pickup …these everyday occurrences made up a life that was nothing short of awe-inspiring despite her struggles with heart complications due to Down syndrome. This book shows us that neither the ability of a person to have an 'ordinary' life nor the love a parent can feel for their child is necessarily hampered by Down syndrome."
—The National Down Syndrome Society

"Riding with Miss Lindsey is a heartwarming story of a feisty, beautiful young lady who clearly made this world a better place. She taught us that inclusion benefits everyone and that we can live, love, and learn from each other."
—Diane Bubel,
Spokesperson for the Bubel/Aiken Foundation

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Kaye Trout's Book Reviews
Friday, December 08, 2006

American Book Publishing
Genre: Memoir
Rating: Good
ISBN: 1589823591, $16.95, 105 pp.

About this book? . . . quoting from the back cover:

"Lindsey Alexander came into this world with Down syndrome and serious heart defects. Against the odds, she fought back to live sixteen joyous years with her family. This tender memoir written by her own father, celebrates the love and the laughter Lindsey brought to all who knew her, a compelling story about a remarkable young girl and a father’s love that you won’t want to miss. You’ll be glad you came along for the ride."

And that pretty much sums it up. However, you’ll need to read this memoir to learn about Lindsey–her life, loves, and what made her so special. Jim Alexander does an excellent job in creating this well-written memorial to his daughter.

This story would appeal to just about anyone, but I think it will be an inspiration to other families challenged by raising a special-need child. All profits from this book are donated to charities for special needs and pediatric heart patients.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - December 8, 2006

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