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I Am the Central Park Jogger


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Table of Contents



"I'm Okay"


Who Was I?

Life Interrupted


"Thank You for Your Prayers"

Prepare for Departure


The Trials

Reaching Out

Jim and Me

The Man in the Wheelchair





At 28, Meili was on the fast track. After earning dual master's degrees from Yale, she was working for an investment firm in New York and building a life for herself. Her evening jog was an essential part of her routine, releasing stress at the end of her workday. On April 19, 1989, in Central Park, the author was beaten, raped, and left for dead. For 14 years she has been known only as the "Central Park Jogger"; her family thought keeping her anonymity would help in the recovery process. Meili decided to go public because "not remembering makes me feel helpless, not as a victim but as someone who wants to contribute to the truth." Owing to the extent of her head injuries, she remembers nothing of the attack. While Meili still has cognitive problems and physical deficits, she has rebuilt her life and tells her story with the intention of helping others. Recommended for all libraries with large audio collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-In early 2002, convicted murderer and rapist Matias Reyes confessed to the brutal attack on a Central Park jogger in April, 1989, a confession substantiated by the identification of his sperm on her clothes. Five black and Hispanic teens who had been "wilding" in the park that night had confessed and been convicted, and most had already served time for the assault. Reyes's unexpected confession led to much recrimination of the justice system. Meili can shed no light on her attack or attacker(s). She was so brutally beaten about the head, as well as being raped and sodomized, that she lay near death in a coma for 12 days in a hospital. Over the next months, she had to relearn how to talk, feed herself, think abstractly, and walk. Her balance still falters and she still is troubled by double vision in her left eye. Her prolonged recuperation and continued recovery; the support of family, her employer, and the general public; and her marriage have all induced a change in life vision for this strong and courageous woman. Her compelling story, which is honestly and openly told, is one of hope and inspiration in the midst of the most frightening pain and fear.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"A moving account... an elegant testimony." -- Leslie Jamison * The New York Times *
"The best hero stories are never about facing and vanquishing an enemy, though that might be the narrative. The real showdown is with one's self... Trisha Meili had to figure out why life was worth the pain of forging ahead when giving in offered painless escape... Maybe until you're in such a predicament, you can't mine your soul for its hidden steel."

* San Francisco Chronicle *
"Told without anger or resentment, it will comfort and inspire anyone who has suffered a horrible trauma -- and many who haven't." * The New York Times Book Review *
"The tale of her recovery is also a passionate and inspirational guide for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and other seemingly insurmountable, debilitating conditions."

* Cleveland Plain Dealer *
"The book is inspirational and encompasses the power of the human spirit. Through it, Meili is seen not as a victim, but as a survivor."

* San Antonio Express-News *

* Orlando Sentinel *
"Inspiring others in their recovery appears to be [Meili's] role in what she calls her 'second life.' She has made a good start with this book."
* Pittsburgh Post-Gazette *

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