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The US Review of Books (USRB) highly praised “Great Gobs of Goose Grease: An Account Of A Stroke Happening And The Trial And Struggles To Comeback” by Connie Smith  

 “Great Gobs of Goose Grease: An Account Of A Stroke Happening And The Trial And Struggles To Comeback” by Connie Smith is acclaimed by Mihir Shah of the US Review of Books. The work is an inspiring memoir that talks about the author’s struggles after having a stroke and her healing journey. Despite all the struggles and pain she experienced, she always looked on the positive side of life with the support of her loving family.

Connie Smith is an author who has published books of lessons and inspiration. Another book she published is The Pie, The Pie, and Oh That Smell!, which has a French and Spanish edition. 

The word “stroke” has the power to inflict unimaginable dread and fear. In Smith’s “Great Gobs of Goose Grease: An Account Of A Stroke Happening And The Trial And Struggles To Comeback”, a memoir, she describes how, despite only being in her early fifties, a stroke changed the complexion of her life. In describing the nitty-gritty details of her experience and the road to recovery, she hopes to provide a blueprint for others in a similar situation. 

The opening presents a visceral image, using words that create knots in one’s stomach: “hemorrhage,” “six pints of blood,” “feeding tube,” and “medical coma.” However, this is the image that audiences need to see to understand the resilience and support necessary to go from wheelchair-bound to being able to walk—albeit with a walker—within two months.

What the author suggests throughout the book, however, is to slow down. This is especially true after having a stroke, but it is just as relevant otherwise. Her perspective on the fleeting nature of life is commendable and one that emphasizes enjoying the moments, reflecting, peering within, and constantly assessing if the life we are living is the one we want to live. Are we cultivating strong relationships? Through her husband and sister Bonnie, Smith gets to see how much she truly means in the eyes of her family.

Here’s an excerpt from the US Review of Books that highlights:

“Overall, adversity brings life into focus, and in Smith’s work, this is magnified even more through her knack for authenticity, particularly through her journal entries. What she calls her “Stroke Book” is an outpouring of vulnerability that shows readers the grueling journey to recovery in its most minute forms. Though she has endured a tremendous health ordeal, Smith is fearless in her writing and desire to demonstrate a pathway forward for stroke victims, step-by-step, with support and gratitude.”

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