Welcome to my first Blog Tour spot! For those of you who don’t know, a virtual blog tour is when bloggers post about a book, usually a new release, in order to get the word out about the book and its author. I receive a free copy of the book, in exchange for my honest review. As always on my blog, I only post about books I like, so if you see it on here, you know it’s worth reading.
Today, I am a tour stop for the book Polio and Me by Ken Dalton.
The year is 1943. A five year old boy wakes up. He cannot stand or hold an apple in his hand. The boy is rushed to his family doctor, diagnosed with polio, and taken from his mother’s arms to the contagion ward at the county hospital.
Thus begins his eleven year journey of surgeries, rehabilitation, and therapy so that one day, he can walk, unaided, across a stage and receive his high school diploma.
While the boy struggles through his childhood, and in spite of decades of research, polio epidemics continue to paralyze and kill hundreds of thousands of adults and children well into the late 1950’s.
Polio and Me provides the heartbreaking story of polio’s devastating past, the struggle to overcome the present, and promising future.
What I Thought:
I chose to read this book because the description fascinated me. My children do not have to worry about polio and so many other diseases, thanks to vaccines. However, it really wasn’t that long ago that polio killed and/or paralyzed thousands of adults and children each year. The author mentions both at the beginning and the end of the book how important it is to vaccinate your child, and I think anyone who reads this memoir can’t help but agree with him.
Ken Dalton alternates his story of contracting polio and the after-effects with a history of the disease and the development of a vaccine. I learned a lot about the doctors and scientists racing against time and each other to find a vaccine for this disease. Dalton also includes anecdotes about growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s. Reading this memoir was a lot like listening to your grandfather tell stories of his younger years.
Dalton’s writing style is straightforward and easy to read. Even though he is tackling a tough subject, full of painful memories for him, he writes with humor. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, memoirs, or stories about overcoming obstacles.
About the Author:
Ken Dalton was born in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1943 he contracted polio and spent the next eleven years of his childhood in and out of hospitals.
He is married to his childhood sweetheart and is a father of three, a grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of nine.
After a successful thirty-eight year management career with Pacific Telephone Company, Ken retired to write golf and travel articles for Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Fairways and Greens, and Golf.com. During two NBC-TV Celebrity Golf Tournaments at Lake Tahoe, he interviewed Olympic Decathlon Champion, Bruce Jenner when he was Bruce, not Caitlyn, the mischievous Chicago Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon, the iconic Vice-President Dan Quail, and NBC Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.
Ken designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards where he produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
He has published six mystery novels, The Bloody Birthright, The Big Showstopper, Death is a Cabernet, The Tartan Shroud, Brother Can You Spare A Dime, and The Unsavory Critic.
Ken’s memoir, Polio and Me, marks his initial foray into the world of non-fiction.
Presently, Ken is working on his seventh Pinky and Bear mystery, The Heretic’s Hymnal.
You can find Ken at www.kendalton.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KenDaltonMysteryWriter
On Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qx47JK