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The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill Paperback – May 20, 2014
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A lot of interesting and influential young people happened to land at Brown University over the years, and here, to honor its 250th anniversary, are “original pieces . . . recalling their college days” by some of the best and brightest, forming a tribute not just to Brown but also to individuals and groups, to lessons learned alone and together, and to steps taken, retraced, and gone past. Under such wider topics as “The Brown Aesthetic,” “Diversity,” “Self-Discovery,” “Inspiration,” and more, editor Sternlight gathers reminiscences and thoughts from such former students as Edwidge Danticat, Rick Moody, Lois Lowry, Susan Cheever, Ariel Sabar, Alfred Uhry, and Jeffrey Eugenides, who wax long and short, in essays, poetry, a syllabus, and even comics (e.g., Jeff Shesol’s three-page strip, “Escape from the Planet of the Apps”). So many found their lifework here; so many, too, found love. The lens of hindsight works its own peculiar magic throughout. Though Brown-specific, these contributions are also specific to learning, to making one’s way, and to growing up—“Well, more or less,” as Uhry notes, “I still haven’t managed to do that.” --Eloise Kinney
About the Author
Judy Sternlight (Class of ’82) enjoyed a long career in theater and communications, which included teaching and performing improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in New York City. Passionate about storytelling, she spent nearly a decade editing books at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library before founding Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founding 5E, the independent editors’ group. She has worked with many acclaimed authors and translators including Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Edith Grossman, Bret Anthony Johnston, Mark Kurlansky, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Patricia T. O’Conner.
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The chapters are short and captivating, it's a quick read.
It left me impressed with Brown alum who have become well-known published authors. It brought back memories of familiar places and made me want to get in touch with friends I haven't seen in a long time.