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Writing from Life: On Trauma, Sexual Assault, and Recovery

Writing from Life: On Trauma, Sexual Assault, and Recovery

by Helen Epstein

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Writing from Life: On Trauma, Sexual Assault, and Recovery is a book for aspiring writers who wish to write about difficult subjects. Why, when and how do you do it?

Taking a variety of difficult situations -- being trapped in a military invasion, coping with a "bleed in the brain" of a parent or the onset of memories of sexual assault --former New York University journalism professor and author Helen Epstein shows how to turn lived experience into compelling writing.

Epstein's previous work includes three New York Times "Best books of the year." Her Children of the Holocaust was the groundbreaking book on inter-generational trauma and families of Holocaust survivors. The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma, focuses on her recovery through psychotherapy from childhood sexual assault. Epstein has written ten books of non-fiction and her writing has been acclaimed as "clear-eyed, fearless, taboo-breaking."

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BN ID: 2940161918630
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 10/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Born in Prague in 1947, Helen Epstein grew up in New York City, where she graduated from Hunter College High School in 1965. She studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and became a journalist after the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia of 1968 when her personal account was published in the Jerusalem Post. She became a university correspondent for that newspaper while still an undergraduate. Subsequently, she studied at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and began freelancing for diverse publications including the New York Times.

Her profiles of legendary musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma are collected in Music Talks that, like Children of the Holocaust and Where She Came From, has been translated into several other languages. She herself is the translator of Heda Kovály's Under A Cruel Star and Vlasta Schönová's Acting in Terezín. Her biographies of Joseph Papp and Tina Packer grew out of her journalistic work. She has an active speaking career and has lectured at a wide variety of venues in Europe, and North and South America. She blogs for The Arts Fuse, a New England cultural web site.

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