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Product Details

  • Series: American Lives
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803225350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803225350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jon Pineda turns a simmering lens on his tween and teen years as his family, splintered and stoic, copes with the aftermath of his sister's incapacitation and demise. In Sleep in Me, Pineda explores, rather than resolves, whether such trauma made him stronger or simply more attuned to heartbreak."—Lisa Romeo, Foreword
(Lisa Romeo Foreword 2010-09-01)

"Pineda lays bare his struggles with family duty and identity in this literary standout."—Julie Kane, Library Journal
(Julie Kane Library Journal 2010-09-16)

"Sleep in Me is essentially pure rendered memory, a book that can be taken down from the shelf and opened to any chapter, any moment however random and fleeting, and can make us feel the grand weight of tragedy, and the victory when we fight it."—Noah Renn, Virginian-Pilot
(Noah Renn Virginian-Pilot)

"[Pineda's] muted, lyrical messages, to be savored at length, remind us of the value of listening deeply, to ourselves and others."—Gina Webb, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(Gina Webb Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2010-09-21)

"Pineda has built his reputation as a poet, but he expands his literary territory with this powerful portrait of love and loyalty between siblings." —Rigoberto González, Critical Mass
(Rigoberto Gonzalez Critical Mass 2010-12-20)

"Pineda's account of his sister's cheerleading and overnight transformation makes for a powerful survey of the impact of tragedy on a young boy's coming of age in this outstanding, vivid family memoir." —Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch
(Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch)

About the Author

Jon Pineda teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Queens University of Charlotte and is the author of two books of poetry, The Translator’s Diary and Birthmark.

More About the Author

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel APOLOGY, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His memoir SLEEP IN ME was a B&N Discover selection, a Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" selection, and a Publishers Weekly "Indie Sleepers" pick. His poetry collections include THE TRANSLATOR'S DIARY, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize for Poetry, and BIRTHMARK, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His third poetry collection LITTLE ANODYNES was recently selected by Nikky Finney, winner of the National Book Award, for the Palmetto Poetry Series and will be published in March 2015. He teaches at the University of Mary Washington.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HokieBookReader on July 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful memoir. It is among only a handful of books that I've read where the story is as compelling as the writing is beautiful. It reads as easily as an engaging novel, but with the vivid, precise language usually found only in the best poetry. It is the kind of book you read quickly, because you want to see what happens next, but that you look forward to reading again in order to absorb all of the sights, sounds and emotions that are so carefully laid out by the author. I highly recommend Sleep in Me. The images and insights will stay with you for a long time to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Shepherd on July 25, 2010
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This moving book takes place in Great Bridge, VA. I live in Great Bridge and consider Jon Pineda a friend even though he is 25 years my junior. Jon's wife, Amy, is my youngest daughter's 'forever friend.'.....When the events in this book took place, I did not know Jon although I did know of the tragedy because the driver of the car was our next door neighbor.....Reading this wonderful book, made me realize what a horrific time this must have been for Jon and his family......Jon's descriptive narrative makes one see, feel and even smell the things he shares with the reader. Much of what he tells us is painful and he bares his soul time and time again, relating to his readers both the good and the bad times. Rica's final resting place is about 3 miles from where I now live. I'm sure she is looking down on her brother with pride and thankfullness for telling her story......Read this poignant book and get familiar with a new, young author who is surely embarking on a great literary future.......Great job, my friend..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 17, 2010
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SLEEP IN ME is a startling account of the author's teenage sister's car accident: an accident which changed her overnight from a lively high school cheerleader to a girl in a wheelchair who was unable to talk. Pineda's account of his sister's cheerleading and overnight transformation makes for a powerful survey of the impact of tragedy on a young boy's coming of age in this outstanding, vivid family memoir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy L. Cunningham on June 6, 2012
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Pineda wrestles with many challenges of youth and adolescent boys and life and death. It's lyric and heartening and poignant.
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