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November 13, 2012Young AdultTrevor: A Novella by James Lecesne“A beautiful, moving, funny, original book,” says Michael Cunningham, about a 13 year-old boy picked on at school and misunderstood at home for being gay. Trevor is an effort to make kids feel loved and supported, so they will find the strength to go on living.Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight by Laurie RubinLaurie Rubin was born blind but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream of being a professional opera singer. Here is her story of growing up blind, facing prejudice, and discovering her true identity. ”Laurie Rubin’s memoir should be required reading in that it underscores the triumph of the human spirit.”–Dr. Pola RosenMemoirMa, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes by Martha LongMartha Long’s remarkable story of growing up in the slums of 1950s Dublin. ”Long’s story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl’s unbreakable spirit.”–Publishers Weekly‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva GabrielssonCheck out the Reading Group Guide on our website.
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September 6, 2012
“Bestselling memoirist Long (Ma, I’ve Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House) takes readers to 1950s Dublin, where it is nothing short of a miracle that she survived her childhood. Long chronicles her life from ages three to 11, letting the child she once was “tell the story in her own voice:” a dynamic, colorful Irish dialect. Born to a destitute teenage mother, Long endures shocking privation and abuse, particularly at the hands of her mother’s lascivious long-term boyfriend, who does indeed sell her for a few cigarettes. Trapped by her circumstances, Long must care for a growing brood of siblings, and though barely educated she finds ingenious ways to provide for her family. A penny candy, a broken roller-skate, a meal from a stranger: small treasures and kindnesses, though rare, give Long the strength she needs to hope for a better future. Her tale can be repetitive, but the repetition aptly mirrors the punishing cycle of poverty.