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									Alison SmithAlison Smith
A touching, triumphant memoir that's drawn comparisons to Alice Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones, Name All the Animals marks the promising debut of Alison Smith.

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Alison Smith
Current Home:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
December 12, 1968
Place of Birth:
Rochester, New York
B.A., Brown University, 1992

First Place Winner: 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award

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								Name All the Animals: A Memoir, Author: 
								Alison Smith.

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Name All the Animals: A Memoir
by Alison Smith
"Tender, sad, and without a trace of self-pity, Name All the Animals is a beautiful memoir," said A Girl Named Zippy author Haven Kimmel of Smith's poignant memoir about coping with her brother's untimely death as a teen.

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Smith's Reading Recommendations

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								Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: 
								Charlotte Bronte, George Stade (Editor), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Introduction).

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Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Charlotte Bronte, George Stade (Editor), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Introduction)
In our exclusive interview, Smith recalled how a favorite high-school English teacher inspired her with Bronte's classic. "Under the tutelage of Mrs. Brown, the five-paragraph essay was practically a work of great art," she reflects. "And Jane Eyre was the [book] that started it all."

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								Desperate Characters, Author: 
								Paula Fox.

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Desperate Characters
by Paula Fox
We asked Smith to tell us about some of her all-time favorite reads. She put Paula Fox's fascinating novel on her list; read on to learn about more of her reading recommendations, including:

*Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Novel & Three Stories  by Truman Capote
*Gigi  by Colette
*Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters
*My Family and Other Animals  by Gerald Malcolm Durrell
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