Learning to Breathe by Alison Wright – Book 19

Learning to Breathe” by Alison Wright is a true story about Alison’s recovery from a horrific bus accident in Laos, Asia.  Alison is a photojournalist, traveling all over the world in order to be a part of the story and take part in dangerous adventures.

Unfortunately, on a bus trip to photograph an amazing view, her bus collided head-on with a logging truck.  Alison was directly at the point of impact.  After fourteen hours of waiting for medical assistance, Alison was rushed into surgeries that would last for years after her accident.

For instance, one of her first surgeries had the outcome of placing her internal organs (which had been smushed into one of her shoulders) back where they belonged.

Alison finally was able to be transferred back to the United States with the goal of healing and once more being able to photograph and travel the world.

“Learning to Breathe” is inspirational, uplifting, and helps to remind you to live life to the fullest and to appreciate every moment of every day.

This book is more enjoyable than the ever-popular “Eat, Pray, Love” (which I thought was highly overrated).  Alison’s journey is interesting, tough to read at times, but motivating.

Alison is able to overcome an experience that many doctors say she should have died from, and strives to continue to achieve her dreams (which she does, and it states so in the first chapter so that’s not a spoiler!).

Check out more about Alison here!

What is the most inspirational story you have read or heard about?



14 thoughts on “Learning to Breathe by Alison Wright – Book 19

  1. Her name sounds familiar to me, I wonder if I’ve heard about her story somewhere? This sounds like a good read!

    (I’m glad I read Eat, Pray, Love before it was too hyped!)


    • She actually wrote a few articles about her situation, which were published in popular magazines, so you might have heard about her!

      Yeah, I read Eat, Pray, Love after the big hype, so I ended up being unimpressed. But everyone has their own opinions!


  2. Thanks for the kind words about my book, “Learning to Breathe.” I’m glad you liked it! I’m doing well and have been back to shooting around the world. In fact I have a new photo book “Face to Face,” coming out next spring. Enjoy!


    • Thank you for coming to my blog to comment and for tweeting about it! I appreciate that as well! I actually would love to check out your new photography book, because your photojournalism interests seem very interesting, and definitely seem to be something I would enjoy!



  3. I love this book! I actually have it in my stack of books to re-read again soon because I think it is incredibly inspiring & I’m hoping to do some traveling soon. I had the chance to hear Alison speak at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ a few years ago, completely serendipitously, about this book, and I am in awe of her story…and her photographs are phenomenal! I just discovered your blog (also completely serendipitously) and am excited to follow your continued reading adventures – it’s a great concept!


    • Thanks for coming, reading, and commenting! I’m glad you found me, even if it is in a random way! 🙂

      A friend recommended the book, and I was pleased that it was so inspirational! Alison just overcame so many obstacles, it makes me want to go out and DO something! I could only imagine how amazing it must have been to hear Alison speak. If she is as good of a speaker as a writer (and photojournalist) then she must have been awe-inspiring.

      I see you’re new to the blogging world! I’ll have to check out your blog more thoroughly, but happy birthday soon!



  4. I loved this book; I’m so glad you read it! It was exactly what I needed to read at a particular point in my life (in tandem with tons of yoga). I’ll be awaiting the release of the photo book, especially after checking out more Allison’s photos online..


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