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Carry on - by Lisa Fenn (Paperback)

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  • NAACP Image Award Finalist, and Winner of the 2016 Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Christopher AwardA deeply moving memoir about the unexpected bonds that would transform three lives.Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left.
  • Author(s): Lisa Fenn
  • 320 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Personal Memoirs

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NAACP Image Award Finalist, and Winner of the 2016 Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Christopher Award

A deeply moving memoir about the unexpected bonds that would transform three lives.

Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left. After seeing a newspaper image of two young wrestlers from one of Cleveland's tougher public high schools, Lisa followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys that very day. What she found caused her spirit both to sink and to soar.

Leroy Sutton, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, could often be found riding on the back of Dartanyon Crockett, who was legally blind and had no permanent place to call home. Initially drawn together by their handicaps, the boys soon developed a brother-like bond. When one wrestled, the other sat on the edge of the mat, and their cheerful friendship was a source of inspiration throughout the halls of their high school.

As Lisa filmed her feature about this remarkable friendship for ESPN, she grew to understand the suffering Leroy and Dartanyon had endured, and she fought for their trust and their confidence. The three formed a surprising and meaningful connection--and once the television story ended, Lisa realized she couldn't just walk away.

Though Leroy's and Dartanyon's futures were limited by abject poverty, Lisa resolved to give them the chance she knew they deserved. She worked tirelessly to see them through school and athletic pursuits, broken hearts, phantom limbs, and the bewildering obstacles that, at every turn, tested their individual strengths even while strengthening the bonds between them.

More than a story of two underdogs overcoming innumerable hardships, Carry On is a touching tale of an unlikely family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. It is a powerful memoir about grit, love, hope, and faith--and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.



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Christopher Award Winner - Friends of American Writers Award Winner - Nautilus Award Winner - NAACP Image Award Finalist

After seeing a newspaper photo of two wrestlers from one of Cleveland's tougher public high schools, ESPN producer Lisa Fenn followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys. Leroy Sutton, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, could often be found riding on the back of Dartanyon Crockett, who was legally blind and had no permanent home. Initially drawn together by their handicaps, the boys had developed a brother-like bond and cheerful friendship, even in the face of innumerable hardships and poverty.

As Lisa filmed an ESPN feature on Leroy and Dartanyon's extraordinary friendship, she grew to understand the suffering they had endured, and she fought for their trust. The three formed a surprising and profound connection--and once the taping stopped, Lisa knew she couldn't just walk away. She resolved to give Leroy and Dartanyon the chance they deserved, and embarked on a journey that tested their individual resolve while strengthening the bonds between them.

Carry On is a powerful memoir about an unlikely family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. It is a story of grit, love, hope, and faith--and the courage to persevere, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.



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"A poignant memoir by an ex-ESPN producer who befriended two disabled inner-city wrestlers as they struggled to rise.." -- Sports Illustrated

"Carry On is an incredible life-affirming story that would not be believed if it weren't true" -- Family Circle

"An engrossing tale that is equal parts despair, hope and triumph." -- Ohio Magazine

"Carry On is a surprising book, not only due to the tremendous hearts within these two young men, but because the failures and triumphs in their stories don't align with typical narrative rhythms. They arise suddenly, jaggedly, too often shatteringly, as occurs in real life. And as in real life, the moments of understanding, of healing, of unbounded joy will astonish you with the scope of their power." -- Jeff Hobbs, author of the New York Times bestseller The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

"A profoundly moving memoir about two boys who become men in the face of life's toughest challenges: disability, poverty, and torn families. We see the many ways in which one person can carry another, and we are inspired to do the same." -- Tim Howard, author of the New York Times bestseller The Keeper

"'If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.' This is the philosophy of Carry On, an astonishingly beautiful tale about the love we never knew we could experience. And like The Blind Side or Same Kind of Different As Me, Lisa Fenn's work forces us to reframe our definition of family. By the end, Leroy, Dartanyon, and Lisa had me asking the question that prods us to be better humans: What would you do for a friend?" -- Kevin Salwen, author of The Power of Half

"Great sports stories are never about sports. They are always about the trials and triumphs of the human spirit, regardless of the numbers on a scoreboard. No one knows that better than Lisa Fenn, whose heartfelt memoir of faith and the creation of an unlikely family grips you from the first page and pulls at your soul until the end. You need never have watched a second of wrestling, or any sport for that matter, to love this story, and to admire the woman who wrote it." -- Steve Eubanks, New York Times bestselling author of All American


Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Format: Paperback
Author: Lisa Fenn
Language: English
Street Date: August 8, 2017
TCIN: 51896024
UPC: 9780062427847
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-9853
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Carry On Review

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Carter Jeffries - 5 years ago
- [ ] I decided to finally buy the book Carry On by Lisa Fenn when my High school english teacher recommended it to me—she knew I loved sports and thought I could learn from the things that happen throughout the book. She knew I could relate to most things that happened because I have been through it as well. The book did just that—it painted me a picture of the boys and the poverty they lived in, and it was a lot easier for me to relate to them, but it showed me how I could’ve handled certain situations differently for the better when I was living in those same conditions. Buying this book I had no doubt that it would be a good read for me, and things I learned from the book have helped me a lot—Lisa showed examples of loyalty and never giving up through the boys lives, and I also learned from the stories she told. Carry On is a book about Lisa Fenn—an ESPN reporter—that starts reading an article about two black disabled kids who play sports for their high school team, and getting so touched by the story that she takes action instead of letting it be another article wasted. Lisa goes as far as quitting her job as a reporter to become a full time Mom/Mentor to the kids. She teaches them more than anyone else could—loyalty, how to be successful, and welcomes them with open arms. They start to shock the world once their story gets out, and everyone wanted to help push these boys a little farther in life, so Lisa starts a donation service and this helped the boys pay for their college funds once they graduated High School. The boys go as far as the special Olympics and prove everyone in their city wrong, and Lisa is the reason for this complete 360 in their lives—their life couldn’t be better and Dartanyon and Leroy are beyond thankful. Going as far as the Olympics from just living in your moms basement can happen faster than you think with a little help. Lisa helped the boys achieve their goals in life by showing them loyalty and teaches them what it takes to be successful. I like how she shows loyalty to the kids no matter what they were doing—even if it was something she didn’t agree with she still treated them like one of her own and stick with them through it all. “Sometimes you build walls not only to keep people out, but sometimes to see who cares enough to break them down.”(126) They had to go through things to see if Lisa would flee on them like everyone else did or actually stay there with them to break those imaginary walls down. Although this was one of my favorite readings in a long time there was one thing I just didn’t like—details about the boys’ Dartanyon and Leroy’s family. Lisa probably didn’t have much knowledge about the family herself, but knowing why the kids lived the way they did would’ve been nice to know. They do let us know they they aren’t really in the picture, but why? The boys live house to house just for a place to sleep every night, so that left me wondering where the parents were. Even with the dislikes about the family details—Overall this was one of the best books I have ever read, and I’d rate it 5 starts because everything it taught me.
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