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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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|
|Name All the Animals: A Memoir|
"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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|An Author's Inspiration||Smith's Reading Recommendations|
|Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
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."
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:
|Photo by Jerry Bauer||