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One of Jeff Bauman’s most endearing traits is his frequent, black humor-ish use of movie references. In “Stronger” (Grand Central Publishing, 2014), whose cover shows the Chelmsford native standing proudly on the prosthetic legs he’s gained since the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago, the first movie riff starts on page 6.

It ties to the famous news photo. Minutes after the explosions, the guy in the cowboy hat has just picked up Bauman — with legs blown off, bleeding out — and dropped him in a wheelchair to race toward an ambulance. Hitting that chair “was like that scene in ‘Pulp Fiction,’ when John Travolta plunged the adrenaline into Uma Thurman’s heart,” writes Bauman (his co-author is Bret Witter). “My body came alive, and I thought, No way, Jeff. No way that [expletive] is taking you down.”

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