Poet and educator Stephen Kuusisto, who has a severe visual impairment, writes about how his life was changed for the better by a guide dog named Corky.
When Kuusisto was growing up, his alcoholic mother insisted that he do everything he could to hide his blindness. As an adult he feels isolated and poorly adapted to his disability. Mobility is a particular problem for him. But Corky changes all that. With his intelligent, well-trained dog by his side, Kuusisto develops the self-confidence that had eluded him in the past, enabling him to find both love and a career.
This slight memoir, which also includes asides about the history and training of guide dogs, is easy to read, informative and heartfelt. Highly recommended for dog lovers and those interested in disability rights.
(Reviewed by Amy B.)