In an inspiring biography titled “The Unyielding Passion for Life of Lee Raymond Blanchette, a Remarkable Man,” Minneapolis-based writer Kathleen Ingfried Haskins shares a powerful tale of friendship and inspiration.
The book follows the life of a man named Lee Raymond Blanchette, whom Haskins first met when she looked for a housemate. Haskins describes Lee as a great man whose physical disability didn't extinguish his will to dream. The true-to-life biography opens with Lee's struggle as a boy and young man.
Life hasn't been all rainbows and butterflies for Lee, primarily due to his troubled youth. Despite this, he didn't stop building a bucket list for himself. His goals include being the first above-the-knee amputee who would single-handedly cover the Mississippi River by kayaking. Such a dream reflects Lee's desire to inspire other physically challenged individuals to conquer what seems impossible.
The book is composed of twenty-four chapters that chronicle the life of Lee through compelling stories and intimate conversations. Through these conversations, Haskins gained a deeper insight into the kind of man Lee was. Haskins did not sugarcoat Lee's undesirable language and qualities. Instead, she portrays Lee with unerring honesty, that Lee is a talented artist and a special friend.
In the biography, Haskins shares stories from Lee's past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing adversity and disability. Lee's strength is evident from the author's presentations of their shared experiences as lifelong friends.
Haskins poured her heart out in this heartwarming book. “The Unyielding Passion for Life of Lee Raymond Blanchette, a Remarkable Man” by Kathleen Ingfried Haskins is an excellent read for someone who needs some dose of inspiration. The book is now available on Amazon.
“The Unyielding Passion for Life of Lee Raymond Blanchette, a Remarkable Man”
Author | Kathleen Ingfried Haskins
Genre | Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs
Publisher | Outskirts Press
Published date | December 20, 2020
Kathleen Ingfried Haskins was in close contact with Lee for almost 11 years, becoming well-acquainted with his quirks. Earlier this year, she had an interview on “This week in America” with Ric Bratton. All royalties from her book “The Unyielding Passion for Life of Lee Raymond Blanchette, a Remarkable Man” will be given to differently-abled persons. Currently, Kathleen lives in Minneapolis near Lake of the Isles, loves to go for walks and play her lap dulcimer, and visits her parents as often as she can.
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