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The Internet Review of Books
Reviewing recent books in the fields of science, social science, history, art, music, current affairs, and fiction with attitude and passion: An Intelligent Guide for Intelligent People.

“The author writes her about her mother, about the devastation of polio, about the place of the disease in society in her mother’s era, about the disease’s influence on her mother, and their family…Polio Journals is a remarkable achievement and worthy of inclusion in disability studies.”

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ForeWord Reviews
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“Gross does a superb job in describing her grandparents’ efforts to encourage their daughter to build a “normal” life in spite of her handicaps, as well as the toll those efforts exacted on the entire family for generations.”

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Story Circle Book Reviews
Reviewing books by, for, and about women

“As much as I find to recommend the book as a lesson on what secrets and shame can do to a family, I was also fascinated by the small piece of American history included in its pages.”

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Colorado Post-Polio Connections Review

“I appreciate the candid way Anne shared her mother’s experiences and memories, and the effect these experiences had on their subsequent family generations.”

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Midwest Book Review
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“Author Anne K. Gross tells Carol Rosenstiel’s story of growing up with polio and overcoming it. A thoughtful and personal analysis of this former scourge of the world, “The Polio Journals” is a fine addition to any memoir or health collections.”

Liberty Press
Serving Gay & Lesbian Kansans since 1994

“We sometimes forget that there are other sources of inappropriate self-hatred and shaming than sexual orientation; disease also works. Sometimes it’s centering and eye-opening to read the story of a person who has risen above [one] type of life’s gross injustices, while not losing her humanity in the process”

Quest Online Magazine
MDA’s Research & Health Magazine

“This well-written but emotionally difficult memoir dissects the secret shame of having a disability – and of having a child with a disability – during the first half of the last century, and the ways in which that shame trickled down to multiple generations.”

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Review

“In this unique memoir, author Anne Gross chronicles the life of her mother, Carol Rosenstiel. When Carol contracted polio at the age of two, there was a shameful stigma attached to the disease.  This caused her parents to remain silent about many issues related to their daughter’s disability.  Carol felt the need to pursue exceptional goals in her life in order to make up for her impairment. From a historical standpoint, the author brings to light how far we have come regarding attitudes towards disabilities today. Her insights, along with the many reflections that are included from her mother’s series of diaries, provide for an interesting social commentary that anyone dealing with a chronic disability will truly appreciate.”