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Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite
Five Feet Short by Keisha Biddle is her autobiography, reminiscing about her life, growing up mentally and emotionally in a world where people like her with virtues of diligence and honesty do not exist. Five Feet Short is the account of Biddle’s life growing up with an unusual pair of people that normally do not tend to run the life of a child, let alone a teenager. These two very important pillars in Biddle’s life are her great-grandmother and grandmother. Five Feet Short narrates the compassion of two elderly people towards their ward and how they, till their very last breath, treasured her in their hearts. Five Feet Short is an autobiography about optimism at every stage of one’s life, without regrets, whether one is feeling like a misfit at school, trying to pursue a job of your dreams in the Navy as a nurse, or being the mother of two beautiful boys. Biddle has done it all and yet through her determination has proven that life is about looking ahead towards excellence and not at the past full of mistakes which need not be regretted.
Five Feet Short brings into the limelight social issues like drug addiction, excessive smoking, alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies, and much more to make Biddle’s determination to pursue her goals in life seem like an uphill task. Biddle’s memoir is about every young person in this world who has felt rejected at some point in their lives, yet like the budding nurse and talented writer that Biddle is, is ready to pick up the pieces to build a new world full of positive thinking and love. The narrative is smooth and at times feels like the writer is just sitting opposite you, having a chat over a cup of tea. Biddle’s memoir is one that should be read for it talks of an ordinary nurse undergoing extraordinary battles, but in very similar difficult circumstances that we too face in life all the time, every time. Best wishes to Biddle for her life ahead.