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Accidental Lessons: A Memoir of a Rookie Teacher and a Life Renewed [Hardcover]

David W. Berner
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July 27, 2010 1609764110 978-1609764111
David W. Berner-author of ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE and AFTER OPIUM-takes the reader inside his own personal journey in the award-winning ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, a very human and inspiring story of self-discovery. After the death of his father, the end of a marriage, and the loss of a career, the author accepts a teaching position in an impoverished and troubled Chicago-area school, hoping the change will help him find his footing. What he discovers not only surprises him but also reawakens his life, teaching him invaluable lessons about himself, his place in the world, and the redemptive power of second chances. David W. Berner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began his career as a radio journalist and writer. He moved to Chicago to work as a radio reporter for CBS Radio and later pursue a career as an author and educator. ACCIDENTAL LESSONS has been called a "beautiful, elegantly written book" by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy and "a terrific memoir" by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune. The book also won the Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. Berner's newest memoir-ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE-is the story of the author's 5000-mile road trip with his sons and the revelations of fatherhood. The story has been called "heartwarming and heartbreaking" and a "five-star wonderful read."


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"Received this book a day ago and I could not put it down!"
"This book is a little jewel."
"Beautifully written." 
"I was completely blown away by this story!"

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609764110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609764111
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David W. Berner-the award winning author of ACCIDENTAL LESSONS and ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE-was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began his work as a broadcast journalist and writer. He moved to Chicago to work as a radio reporter and news anchor for CBS Radio and later pursue a career as a writer and educator. His book ACCIDENTAL LESSONS is about his year teaching in one of the Chicago area's most troubled school districts. The book won the Golden Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature and has been called a "beautiful, elegantly written book" by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy, and "a terrific memoir" by Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio). ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE is the author's story of a 5000-mile road trip with his sons and the revelations of fatherhood. The memoir has been called "heartwarming and heartbreaking" and "a five-star wonderful read."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exaggeration August 4, 2009
Format:Paperback
I must start this by stating that I teach in that school district, in fact, in a middle school (not Cowherd).

I'm pretty sure I was around at the same time period the author was teaching for his one year there. As the title of my review states, I feel that there is a bit of an exaggeration of the conditions of the school, students, etc. Literary embellishment comes to mind.

I did give the book a 4 star because there is enough there that is probably true such as there not being a principal in place as the school year approached, never meeting the administrators of the school until just before school started, the professionalism and the backbone of the school in the janitor, and taking all the supplies before they were gone. Finally, it also received a 4 star because I do like a good biography/autobiography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud and cried too! April 5, 2010
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I highly recommend this book not only for teachers but for anyone that is thinking they are stuck in life. This book hooks you right away. David shares his humanity and opens up all kinds of doors as you read this book. He has an engaging writing style so you won't be bored. He lets the reader in as he describes his "mid-life" journey. Not a crisis but a crossroads where he takes the road less traveled to discover his passion and reignite those things that tend to die in us at a certain age. He found himself by helping others....go figure! But these lessons are learned in time and it is time worth spending with David. Perhaps if you are like me, this book will serve as a meditation that may help you to let go of some pain or disappointment and think about your passion. It's never to late to reclaim our enthusiasm. I really enjoyed this book. Thank you David for sharing your story with us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining, compelling read April 26, 2009
Format:Paperback
"Accidental Lessons" is a wonderful first book by Dave Berner. His student characters jump off the pages as individual personalities who are confused, conflicted, sad and funny. There's great insight into the way some school districts write off troubled kids in poor neighborhoods and encourage teachers to simply get through the day by keeping students busy. Berner's personal life and feelings about his divorce, father's death and career change are powerfully relatable.

I read "Accidental Lessons" on a flight to Ireland and it made the trip feel much shorter. I look forward to Berner's next book...and the one after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning can take place at any age January 1, 2010
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Dave Berner's book reminded me that no matter what your age, you never stop learning, about yourself or others. Throughout this novel, both the teacher (Berner) and his students discover new insights about themselves and their situations. His descriptive, concise writing style allows the reader a clear view into a pivotal point in Berner's life. Furthermore, this story reaffirms that life will continue, and can continue positively, even when you find yourself in a situation that you never expected to be! Kudos to Berner for this easy to read, uplifting novel about his life. Even though he has left the junior high classroom, his memoir can still inspire others!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this story! April 14, 2009
Format:Paperback
I laughed and cried through the entire book! You don't have to be a teacher to appreciate this story, it is for anyone who has ever dug deep inside themselves to find the better person. What a great read! Keep writing Dave Berner, it is a gift to us all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Major Help March 28, 2014
Format:Paperback
Although I've yet to experience two of this book's main themes (marriage and fatherhood), it has been successful in helping me begin the climb out of a deep trench.

The detailed, emotional documentation of Dave's conquests with a sputtering marriage and the struggle in re-discovering himself provides enough motivation for a small village to function.

Whether you'd like a great read, or you're like me and not sure what the next step should be, "Accidental Lessons" should be atop your queue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciated by a 12-year old September 6, 2013
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Having discovered it - accidentally - on the coffee table, my 12-year old daughter read Accidental Lessons one evening to the finish. I arrived home and she reported her accomplishment, how much she enjoyed the book, and proceeded to tell me about a particularly remarkable outcome for one of the students in the book. She stated, "This guy is someone who I can really relate to." She was referring to David Berner, the author who shares his profound story in such a way that it can be meaningful to not only adult but adolescent readers as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read August 25, 2013
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Accidental Lessons is a great read for teachers or anyone needing to make a change in life. It goes to show how rewarding and uplifting it can be to care about and connect with those who need a little extra support. It is especially meaningful to children who struggle at home and/or at school to have a teacher who cares and who can make that connection. David shows us how it not only helps the children but also can help the soul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidental Career?
Berner comes to teaching later in life, married, with two children of his own. His marriage is in tatters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Angel Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review
David Berner had it all -- a very successful career as a broadcast journalist, a beautiful wife and family, and a good income. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Amy Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a little jewel
This book is a little jewel. I bought it not knowing much about Mr. Berner's skills as a writer,so it was almost an accidental read. Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by Mary H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great true life story, more than a teachers story
The book is a wonderful story of life and the joys and anguish that we all experience. I did not feel like I was reading the book, I felt like I was actually with the author as he... Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book of the Year!
This is a fantastic book. Having been a rookie teacher and spent a bit of time in the media I can relate, oh so well, to Mr. Berner's memoir. Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by john r wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidental Lessons by David W. Berner
I found David W. Berner's "Accidental Lessons" a beautifully written, reader-friendly memoir -- a slice of a conventional life dealing with change. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Marie Malicki
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Received this book a days ago and I could not put it down! WOW--It is absolutely one of the best books I have read about the challenges of teaching in some of our urban schools. Read more
Published on March 26, 2011 by Mary Kay Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I just want to start off by saying that I was completely blown away. I couldn't put it down, and that has only happened to me a handful of times. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Ali_Unholy
5.0 out of 5 stars More readers should be lucky enough to have the privilege of...
Wow - what a nice surprise this gem of a memoir turned out to be! Berner captures the "accidental" magic that is created when an educator makes a profound imapct on a child's life. Read more
Published on January 27, 2011 by Bill Needle
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and inspiring
As a 30-year veteran public school teacher, this book made me flash back to the struggles and triumphs of my own first year. Read more
Published on December 26, 2010 by Paul Spadoni
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