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									Virginia HolmanVirginia Holman
With her first book, Rescuing Patty Hearst creating a buzz for its memoir-meets-time-capsule qualities, Pushcart Prize recipient Virginia Holman is poised to capture a generation of readers with her prose.

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Fact File

Virginia Holman
Current Home:
Durham, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
September 22, 1966
Place of Birth:
Richmond, Virginia
B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1990
Pushcart Prize, 2001; National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Award, 2003

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								Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad, Author: 
								Virginia Holman.

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Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad
by Virginia Holman
On why they chose Holman's stirring work as a Spring 2003 Discover Great New Writers selection, our editors observe: "In this provocative memoir, she shines a piercing light on the murky world of mental illness and the legacy it leaves behind."

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Advice for Those Aspiring...

In our exclusive interview with Holman, she advises wannabe writers: "Work daily at your writing, but when it comes to trying to send out your material, try to detach yourself from it and think in terms of business, which is, after all, what publishing is. In fact, I recommend that writers spend a little time working in publishing not only as a way of learning the ropes but as a form of community service."

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Holman's Reading Recommendations

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								Little Women (Children's Classics), Author: 
								Louisa May Alcott.

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Little Women (Children's Classics)
by Louisa May Alcott
Holman tells us that Louisa May Alcott's classic had a big impact on her. "I read it throughout my childhood and adolescence and it was just so delightful and captivating," she reflects. "Marmee and Jo and Meg were all so capable and strong and lived life and took chances. It still just kills me every time the book ends."

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								The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earth Worms, Author: 
								Amy Stewart.

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The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earth Worms
by Amy Stewart
We asked Holman to tell us about some of her favorite reads. On this look at life underground, Holman observes, "Stewart writes with such awe of earthworms and the secret world beneath our feet that you may just venture in to your backyard with a shovel and start digging, just to see what's there." Learn more about reading picks, including:

*The Half-Mammals of Dixie  by George Singleton
*The Mammoth Cheese  by Sheri Holman
*The Psychoanalysis of Fire  by Gaston Bachelard
*Sugar Among the Freaks  by Lewis Nordan
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