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A Kentucky lawyer talks about his life in Coal Mine to Courtroom: A Quadriplegic's Memoir of Relentless Faith, Courage, and Eternal Success by W. Ron Adams. Co-written with Fred Anderson, this memoir describes Adams’ early years from growing up as a basketball hero to working as a coal miner which led to a tragic accident resulting in the loss of the use of his arms and legs. There is no masking of feelings here as he openly admits that he dislikes his alcoholic dad but adores his mom, whose unconditional love and support kept him on the straight and narrow. If there are a few nice things that his dad ever did for him, it was putting up a basketball goal in their backyard that paved the way for him to get into the game. He describes his dirty, dark, and dangerous life in the coal mines and the ordeal he goes through following his accident, and how he managed to go to law school even when he could not even go to the bathroom.
W. Ron Adams’ journey through life is truly interesting, informative, and amusing. Adams has a propensity to be brutally straightforward in his vocabulary. However, what I like about his life story is finding the gems of real moments that will renew your confidence in humanity. Adams grew up in the period of segregated America. As a Caucasian boy who loved basketball, he found it was a step toward common ground with his African-American friends, and they all got along fine. His recollections will strike a nerve, but they will also inspire you. He is a testament that physical disability does not have to be a hindrance in pursuing one’s dreams. If you are looking for an inspiring and thought-provoking life story, Coal Mine to Court Room is a welcome alternative to depressing memoirs.