I'm the author of the ASHFALL three-and-a-half-ology: ASHFALL, ASHEN WINTER, SUNRISE, and DARLA'S STORY.
A homeless man named Joe (R) reads a book under an overpass where he sleeps with a friend January 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California.
Reposted from Zimbo
Ghost Boy is a spectacular triumph of a memoir, almost as inspiring as its subject, Martin Pistorius. As a teen, Martin fell ill with a still-undiagnosed disease, losing control of his body and the ability to speak. For nine years he was trapped in his shell of a body, unable to communicate or move, until a carer, Virna, talked his parents into testing him with a device that allowed him to communicate via eye movements. Over the next few years, Martin gradually learned to communicate with the outside world, improving to the extent that he could hold down a job, write this memoir, and even woo and win the heart of his now-wife, Joanna.
If you're feeling the weight of the world, read this book. I came away from Martin's story absolutely inspired. If Martin could overcome the challenges in his life, certainly I can conquer the much less severe challenges in my own life. Martin's story is heartbreaking, beautiful, and uplifting all at the same time. Everyone should read it.
This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection, the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin... Go to Rod's blog ->
After the last post I need something nice.
I don't know, but it's a pretty good one.
" . . . Bryan Stevenson took home the Carnegie Medal in nonfiction for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau). And he gave a timely acceptance speech that had many librarians in attendance buzzing about the best book award acceptance speech they'd ever heard."
i read the book in June (based on the recommendation of Somebody here on BL -- I would love to remember who), and it was an outstanding and thought-provoking read.
Here's one paragraph from Mr. Stevenson's speech:
"I wrote this book because I was persuaded that if people saw what I see, they would insist on something different. And that's what's powerful about books. That's what great about the library. Getting people closer to worlds and situations that they can't otherwise know and understand. I think there's real power in that. And that's what books can do."
click the link to read it in its entirety.
I found this picture from Pinterest but further investigation took me to activityvillage.co.uk which has some interesting knowledge about the slat books, and an easy guide to making yourself one of these awesome motherfuckers.
Page 20 and 21 of Condoleezza Rice's memoir, Extraordinary, Ordinary People. I find this quote hysterical because the subjunctive is a mood, not a tense. Rice's mother would no doubt be less amused than I.