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About Katie Rose Guest Pryal
Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is an IPPY-award-winning author, keynote speaker, and professor of law and creative writing. She is the author of the bestselling Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017); the Foreword INDIE Gold winner The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019); and the IPPY Gold winner Even If You’re Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (2019). She’s also the author of the Hollywood Lights series, which includes Entanglement (2015) and Take Your Charming Somewhere Else (2021). As a professor, she is the author of many academic books on law and writing. She writes often about her subjects of expertise for national magazines, including Catapult, The Toast, Women in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quartz, The Establishment, and many more. She speaks frequently about mental health and disability, writing and publishing, gender issues, and higher education. she lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Early in her career, Katie Pryal learned that being a professor isn’t easy if your brain isn’t quite right.
“I was a junior in college when I finally realized that I was different in a way that my medically inclined parents would call ‘clinical.’”
In these deeply personal, fiery essays, Pryal tells her story of transformation that began the moment she chose to publicly disclose her own mental illness and leave her career in higher education to begin fighting for a better world for people with psychiatric disabilities. The stories she tells are universal: the fear of stigma, the fight for accommodations, and the raw reality of living with mental illness in a world that pushes mental health to the margins.
People carelessly call each other “schizo” and “bipolar.” A colleague is fired for “instability.” Pryal learned that, as a psychiatrically disabled person working in higher education, her very livelihood could be stripped away by the groundless suspicions of others.
But the problem persists beyond academia.
With candor and grace, these essays discuss the disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. While harrowing at times, Pryal’s story is ultimately one of hope. With this memoir, she aims to make higher education—and all of our society—more humane.
“Pryal writes with a refreshing and raw honesty.” -New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti
“Pryal’s wit and humor shine through even as she tackles harrowing subjects, like living with depression and suicide.” -Award-winning author Kelly J. Baker.
This dazzling collection, “rich in vulnerability and candor,” reveals how a young professor found her voice by confronting her difficult past.
In this clear-eyed, incisive, and sometimes darkly funny book, author and law professor Katie Pryal takes readers on her journey from a place of fear and silence to one of courage and hope.
For years, Pryal experienced the many ways women are manipulated and exploited, but she kept the abuse secret because she believed she must in order to succeed in her career.
One day she spoke out, and, although terrified, she transformed her life from one of silent acceptance to one of strength by telling her own stories and speaking out against gender violence in every corner of society.
Her stories include a grim yet hilarious account of attempted sexual manipulation by a male professor that nearly cost Pryal her degree; a surreal, quick-witted tale of attempting to report her own sexual assault to a college Title IX office—once she became a full-time professor; a bizarre story of being secretly filmed by an artist for a massive public exhibit.
Pryal then turns her legal eye outward and provides sharp critiques of the Bill Cosby case, the musician Kesha’s struggle to break free of her abuser’s recording contract, the unending tangle of sexual assault and college sports—and more.
By taking on the difficult subjects of gender violence and sexual assault and handling them with grace and even humor, Pryal implores us to open our hearts to survivors and their stories so that we, too, will no longer be silent.
If you enjoy books by Rebecca Solnit and Melissa Febos, you will love Even If You’re Broken.
“Gives a voice to survivors whose bravery is often overlooked just because they are silent.” -BookTrib Magazine
“Pryal’s evocative essays remind us that there is power and beauty in our imperfect journey.” -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
Higher education has changed—and we have to change with it. The Freelance Academic will show you how.
When Katie Pryal started her career in higher education, she did everything right—she thought. With a law degree, a doctorate, and a federal clerkship, how could her career go off track? But this is higher ed in the new millennium. “Off track” is the new normal. So, slowly, she made her own career, one she dubbed “the freelance academic” in a long-running column in The Chronicle of Higher Education of the same name.
Five years after leaving academia, Pryal has created a living for herself. In The Freelance Academic, she tells her story and provides accurate (and sometimes blistering) critique of how higher ed has pushed its workforce to the margins. Best of all, she gives plain, practical advice for how to make the career you want, one that uses your strengths, and your creativity, to thrive.
“With candor and vulnerability, Pryal shares her own experiences and hard-fought wisdom to make a compelling case for a rewarding professional life beyond the walls of traditional academia.” -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law—and Back Again
“An indictment of how the academy squanders talent by embracing the gig economy through contingent labor and the devaluation of teaching. A new, necessary book.” -Catherine J. Prendergast, Ph.D., author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World
"Me too. It happened to me too."
More than one in five women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. Some survivors are coming forward; others are not. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.
The Complete Legal Writer, a legal research and writing handbook, takes a novel approach: it uses genre discovery to teach students to guide themselves through the process of writing unfamiliar legal document types. Readers learn to write independently and to transfer their knowledge to upper-level classes and the workplace. The book also teaches research and citation literacy as integrated parts of the writing process.
For each legal genre covered in the book (e.g., memo, trial brief), The Complete Legal Writer provides (1) three strong samples, (2) an analysis of the genre, and (3) specific questions to guide students as they study the samples. Another of the book’s innovations is its chapters on giving and receiving feedback—essential legal writing skills that novice lawyers often must teach themselves. The second edition features updates throughout; new chapters on revision, editing, and giving feedback; and an appendix on conducting electronic research.
The book is also supported by a companion website: completelegalwriter.com
Harper Lee's only novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into a beloved film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. An American classic that frequently appears in middle school and high school curriculums, the novel has been subjected to criticism for its subject matter and language. Still relevant and meaningful, To Kill a Mockingbird has nonetheless been under-appreciated by many critics. There are few books that address Lee's novel's contribution to the American canon and still fewer that offer insights that can be used by teachers and by students.
These essays suggest that author Harper Lee deserves more credit for skillfully shaping a masterpiece that not only addresses the problems of the 1930s but also helps its readers see the problems and prejudices the world faces today. Intended for high school and undergraduate usage, as well as for teachers planning to use To Kill a Mockingbird in their classrooms, this collection will be a valuable resource for all teachers of American literature.
The Complete Bar Writer teaches readers how to prepare for the Multistate Performance Test and the Multistate Essay Exam (and similar bar performance tests and essay exams). Readers learn how to transfer the legal writing knowledge that they learned in law school to the bar exam, and how to build upon that foundation with skills specific to bar exam success. The book also fills gaps in readers’ knowledge by teaching legal writing, analysis, and reading—and how to do all of those things under pressure. These skills are useful lawyering skills that readers can use after test day. As readers prepare for the bar exam, they will learn how to approach any MPT problem, no matter what kind of document they’re assigned to write; how to evaluate their own practice exams and carry that knowledge forward to do better on their next ones; how to prepare for test day; and how to prepare for things that might go wrong. The Complete Bar Writer meets readers where they are with their legal writing knowledge and ensures they have the skills they need on bar exam day.
The Complete Pre-Law Writer teaches pre-law students, paralegals, and students preparing to attend law school the skills necessary to succeed in law school or in support positions in law firms. Covering the foundations of the U.S. legal system, reading judicial opinions, conducting legal research, and writing legal documents such as case briefs, office memos, law firm blog posts, and more, this book serves as both a textbook and a reference for those stepping into the legal profession. It would also work well in Academic Support Programs.
The Complete Pre-Law Writer is the third book in The Complete Series for Legal Writers, edited by Pryal and Professor Alexa Z. Chew of the University of North Carolina School of Law. The first two titles are The Complete Legal Writer (2016) released in its second edition in 2020, and The Complete Bar Writer (2020).
**Winner of the IPPY Gold Medal in Romance 2022**
Read the IPPY-Gold-award-winning novel readers are raving about: How do you find love when your biggest secret is an unforgivable sin?
Charlie George, Los Angeles attorney, seems to have a perfect life. A sky-high apartment. A drool-worthy sports car. A fast-track to partner in a prestigious firm. And a face that would make angels weep. But his drive for perfection is no accident: he carries an ugly secret he can never escape.
Tory Murphy has seen it all—at least three or four times. As an emergency medicine doctor, she’s patched up more bullet wounds than she can count. She can diagnose anyone at twenty paces, except Charlie. His secrets are locked down tight. And although the heat between them is obvious, he’s always kept her at arm’s length.
When a terrible homicide case lands on Charlie’s desk, it sets off a bomb that leaves him reeling. His façade shredded, Charlie loses the perfect life he’s built. The only good thing left is Tory—and his undeniable love for her. But is love enough to pull Charlie back from the brink of self-destruction?
"Do not miss this emotional tour-de-force—or anything Pryal writes." -Washington Post bestselling author Kelly Harms
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The Hollywood Lights series of standalone, romantic women's fiction is full of suspense, family drama, deep friendship ties, and happily ever afters. The series is now complete
A tension-filled weekend at a lake house will change the lives of two unlikely friends forever.
One hot, North Carolina summer, Daphne Saito and her boyfriend Sutton encounter awkward physics geek Greta Donovan, a fellow college student at elite Cameron University. But while Daphne sees Greta as someone worth befriending, Sutton's motives are far from pure.
A romantic spark and a cruel joke send Greta and Daphne’s new friendship into a tailspin over a weekend vacation. Will the trio's lives in end tragedy? Or redemption?
A retelling of My Fair Lady that is filled with unexpected heroism, Love and Entropy reveals what can happen when we let our vision of what others should be cloud our vision of who they are.
“Poignant and thoroughly entertaining, this is a novella you won't be able to walk away from ... and you'll think about long after the last page. Fantastic read!” -Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Lies and Other Acts of Love
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