Columbine novelized

The Hour I First Believed- Wally Lamb- such a good book and it described the tragedies of Colubime High School in such detail.Lamb is an author of our time.

Every word counts

Grade 12 Psychology and Literature Option: Girl, interrupted / Susanna Kaysen.

Strayed = tough cookie

‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed, a Walkabout of Reinvention

The author, Cheryl Strayed thought all was lost to her until she "found" herself during a three-month hike alone on the Pacific Coast Trail.

She wrote this in a year. Gorgeous and painful.

Lexile: Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy. At age Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates who harassed and humiliated her.

A fave by my current VCFA advisor, the brilliant Connie May Fowler.

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler -- put this on your to read list.

TOWNIE by Andre Dubus.  ~ Very powerful engaging story.

Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III. Having read The House of Sand and Fog, I thought Dubus was of Middle Eastern descent- I was shocked that he is really a Massachusetts Townie!

Amazing story, writing

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls - A truly amazing story of resilience and determination to survive.

This book, written after his son's two life-saving heart surgeries before his second birthday, is all about the heart. This book includes the full-length version of "Joyas Voladoras," which appeared in an edited arrangement in The Best American Essays 2009.

This book, written after his son's two life-saving heart surgeries before his second birthday, is all about the heart. This book includes the full-length version of "Joyas Voladoras," which appeared in an edited arrangement in The Best American Essays

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