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Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life [Hardcover]

Samantha Dunn

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring first hand account of recovering from an accident 3 Mar 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In an isolated part of California, Samantha Dunn was leading her horse Harley across a creek when her steed accidentally stomped on her leg. The injury was severe enough to threaten her life as she suffered splintered bones, ripped muscles and torn veins. Samantha's luck changed when a passerby happened to find her.

While physically recuperating and going through various mental stages of recovery, Samantha reflected back on her three-decade plus life. She concludes that her long string of accidents are not really bad luck misfortunes, but something with much deeper underlying causes that make her ignore signs of potential trouble like her panic stricken horse that stepped on her. Eventually Samantha not only gets back on Harley, but she picks herself up personally as she now knows she is a good person with much too offer.

NOT BY ACCIDENT: RECONSTRUCTING A CARELESS LIFE is a great first hand account of recovering from a near-fatal accident that inspires the audience. Samantha Dunn learns that riding horses for pleasure is a lot different than riding to escape life. She concludes that life is too precious to carelessly destroy it. As Lou Costello once said "97% of all accidents occur to 3% of the people". Ms. Dunn encourages those 3% frequent accident victims to reflect on why this happens and how to live life fully, but not negligently. Besides animal lovers and repeat accident victims, readers who enjoy an uplifting didactic account will want to peruse this introspective nonfiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon grace 6 Mar 2002
By John D. Buksbazen - Published on Amazon.com
Much has been made of catastrophic events which change a person's life, and this memoir is certainly all of that. But it is also far more.
In a voice as honest as the unsentimental New Mexico sky of her childhood and adolescence, Dunn shares with us her matrix of relationships with family, friends, mentors, and perhaps most of all with her horse, Harley, who emerges as all of these.
Following on the heels of her novel, Failing Paris, this account of a woman discovering her courage in the wake of grave injury hints at a thread of richly personal narrative well begun, and with important promise for the future.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down... 15 Jun 2002
By kittie - Published on Amazon.com
I happened upon Not By Accident, at a yard sale of all things. This was a very lucky find. Samantha Dunn is an incredibly talented writer. Her story is courageous, honest, and intelligent. Her stoic and quirky humor propelled me on with an odd curiosity, only to watch her become vulnerable and naked in her healing process as well as her writing. I loved her internal musings and mental wanderings, it made me feel less alone, as though I were a part of a greater whole. I have recommended this book to many people and plan to read Failing Paris, if this is any example of what Samantha Dunn is capable of, I'm there.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift. 24 May 2002
By Ben Cross - Published on Amazon.com
NOT BY ACCIDENT: RECONSTRUCTING A CARELESS LIFE is a very well written, indeed it's a beautifully written, book. The language used just keeps you flowing along through the story, which is absorbing in its own right. The book presents a tale of facing death, of tearing apart assumptions, and of deep insights revealed which profoundly change a life. We see guilt, sorrow, growth, hard work, heroism, in fact, almost every emotion runs through this book especially the one needed most: appreciation. Samantha Dunn is to be commended for the way in which she presents the events unfolding around her life, and the sterling use of our language, crafting the structure of words and sentences into something profound. You will not be disappointed if you read this work. I predict a literary prize in its future.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 2 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
What a refreshing take on the overpublished memoir form. Dunn is a terrific writer, witty and deft and, most important of all, un-self-pitying. This book is as entertaining as a good novel, with a great heroine!
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