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In an instant : a family's journey of love and healing
2007
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Genre
NonFiction
Topics
Journalists
Iraq War
Family relationships
Husbands and wives
Brain injuries
Television news anchors
Rehabilitation
Setting
- United States
Iraq - Asia
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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  Library Journal Review

The Woodruffs seemingly had everything in January 2006: a successful marriage, four children, and thriving careers. Bob had recently been named coanchor of ABC's World News Tonight, succeeding the legendary Peter Jennings, and Lee was a public relations executive. Then, in an instant, their lives were irrevocably altered when Bob, embedded with the military in Iraq, suffered a catastrophic head injury when he and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were both hit by an improvised explosive device. In alternating segments, the Woodruffs tell the story of their courtship and early married life and how Bob moved from a successful career as a lawyer with a six-figure income to follow his dream of becoming a journalist. With Lee's support, Bob embarked on a career that frequently took him overseas, leaving Lee to care for their children and home while he chased the news in exotic locales. This powerful dual memoir charts the love and courage the authors share; it is an inspiring story and one that reminds us that there are countless families facing similar tragedies. The narration by both Bob and Lee enhances the listening experience and brings an added poignancy to the events they describe. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

There?s a reason Lee Woodruff?s name comes first in this collaboration. While this celebrity memoir revolves around the war injuries suffered by ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, it?s really his wife?s story. Drawn from the journals she kept during his recovery and also delving deeply into the history of the couple?s courtship and family life, this gritty memoir is well served by Lee?s capable and compelling speaking voice. Woodruff?s vocal control is strong, even mesmerizing, and she peppers the grave reminiscences with funny stories and witty observations. Her voice sometimes breaks with emotion, whether describing her fears after learning of her husband?s condition or earlier heartaches when coping with a miscarriage or learning of the profound hearing loss of one of their twin daughters. Bob intervenes occasionally to describe his family, various career ups and downs, and what he remembers about the incident that rendered him a casualty of war. Listeners may wish to have a tissue or two on hand while they listen to this beautiful story of marriage for better and for worse. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Summary
ABCs World News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife share the never-before-told story about the attack in Iraq that left Bob seriously injured. This honest, frank account is a love story of two people and how they have recovered and renewed their lives.
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