Jeff Bauman knows the exact moment his life was changed forever. It was the moment he looked Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the face.
“He just seemed out of place,” said Bauman in his most recent interview with Brian Williams. “Everybody there was having fun, you know, clapping, taking pictures, and he was just standing there with a backpack ... he just looked really odd. So I looked at him and I stared at him.”
And then, in an instant: a flash, and what sounded like a pop, and he was lying flat on his back.
Bauman’s new book “Stronger” chronicles his struggle to survive the Boston bombing and his determination to face his new circumstances with courage and humor. It is in many ways an ode to the city of Boston, to his friends and family who offered steady encouragement, and to his girlfriend who never left his side.
Bauman writes the truth about how he was feeling the day he threw the opening pitch at the Red Sox game or waved a flag at a Bruins game. He takes us back to the days before the bombing, to life as a regular guy in Chelmsford, Mass., where he lived with his mother and worked at Costco. But, perhaps most intensely, he walks us through the grueling days of his recovery, showing us just what it takes to survive tragedy and come out stronger on the other end.