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Sleep in Me (American Lives) Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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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)

"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
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"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)

"[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 is an assistant professor of English at the University of Mary Washington and also teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Queens University of Charlotte. He is the author of Apology and three books of poetry, Little AnodynesThe Translator’s Diary, and Birthmark.
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,166,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Format: Hardcover
Knowing your family through my children I know Erica would be so proud. The entire area and the high school reviberated with the horrible news of the day four of our neighbors wrecked. Sleep In Me brings the realization about the mysteries of life and how LOVE can make us give more than we thought we could. May Erica rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Pineda's lyrical memoir traces the effect of his sister Rica's tragic car accident on his own boyhood and his Filipino American family. Written in short chapters, Pineda provides a glimpses of his relationship with his sister whom he admired and life as a child of divorced parents: his mother a Caucasian from North Carolina, his father a US military man from the Philippines. Typical boyhood activities like wrestling, skateboarding, and first sexual encounters, play against a backdrop of Rica's coma and paralysis. Pineda cannot escape her sister's tragedy - he is forever known as the boy whose sister was nearly killed when a dump truck slammed into the small car in which she was a passenger. His identity is entwined in Rica's tragedy, and he cannot escape her even after she dies. Pineda deftly reveals his ambivalence toward his sister, at times wishing the tragedy had never occurred so his life would flow toward unencumbered and at others feeling guilty that he wished his sister dead. Raw and heartbreaking, Pineda has woven a coming-of-age story with the same depth readers have come to know and admire in his poetry.
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A lovely and unique coming-of-age story about a boy whose beautiful, gifted high school aged sister suffers a terrible car accident and becomes partially paralyzed. Pineda tells the story from his perspective -- that of a tween/teen male on the verge of adulthood, struggling with his sister's outcome.
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