Polio Boulevard: A Memoir

State Univ. of New York. Sept. 2014. 100p. photos. ISBN 9781438452821. pap. $19.95. memoir
The terrors visited upon families by the 1950s polio epidemic in the United States are succinctly and sympathetically recounted by poet and polio survivor Chase in her prose debut. The author's recollections of her illness and long recovery comprise the bulk of this slender book but are supplemented by the reflections from her family members and friends. The result is a vivid portrait of what it was like to grow up shadowed by a plague and how a sense of family can arise among people thrown together by miserable circumstances.
VERDICT Chase brings her poetic sensibilities to the page in discussions of the way history is not just huge wars and battles but small, personal skirmishes too. With an economy of words, she elegantly conveys the experience of one small part of the world—her own
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