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    What I Didn't Know

    True Stories of Becoming a Teacher

    STRAIGHT FROM THE CLASSROOM.
    20 true stories about what it takes to be a teacher.

    Every day in every classroom, teachers take on incredible challenges. Some are big, like bridging significant cultural differences, moving back into a school building after a shooting, or learning how to successfully navigating delicate institutional politics. Others are smaller, like keeping first graders on task, or figuring out how to keep teenagers from cussing all the time. Whether in the Mississippi Delta or Malawi; Alaska or Los Angeles; whether in their first day or their tenth year on the job—every day, educators reach deep to find strength and grace they didn’t know they had.

    The lessons don’t always come easy, but these riveting, funny, inspirational, and sometimes shocking stories provide real insight into the hearts and minds of those who teach and those who have been taught.

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    Show Me All Your Scars

    True Stories of Living with Mental Illness

    20 FASCINATING JOURNEYS THROUGH MADNESS

    What do you do when your father kills himself, or your mother is committed to a psych ward, or your daughter starts hearing voices telling her to harm herself--or when you yourself start hearing such voices? 

    Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. 

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    Same Time Next Week

    True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness

    In any given year, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness--and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as "mentally ill." We hear about worse-case scenarios, but in many--maybe even most--cases, there is much room for hope.

    The 18 frank, often intimate true stories collected in Same Time Next Week highlight the need for empathy and compassion between therapist and patient, and argues for a system that encourages human connection rather than diagnosis by checklist.

    "Hope for those seeking help." - Booklist

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    True Stories, Well Told

    from the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine

    "Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of imaginations." - Kirkus Review

    "Intelligent, polished, surprising essays that will have you wiping away tears one moment, laughing out loud the next. An indispensable resource for writers, teachers, and those who simply love to read true stories, well told." - Dinty W. Moore

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    I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

    True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

    This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care.

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    At the End of Life

    True Stories About How We Die

    The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone diesand although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life tackles this conundrum head on. These twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives explore death, dying and palliative care, and reveal the inner workings of a system in which doctors, patients and their loved ones battle to hang onand to let go. 

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What I Didn't Know

Edited by Lee Gutkind

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Show Me All Your Scars

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Oh, Baby!

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Same Time Next Week

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True Stories, Well Told

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"Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of... more

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

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Books

Excerpts

Making a Difference

What I Didn't Know

Lee Gutkind

When my brother Richard was nearing the end of his college career, back in the 1970s, he didn’t quite know what he was going to do. He was a math major but had no interest in accounting, didn’t want to become a CPA or tax attorney and, in truth, wasn’t crazy about the idea of playing with numbers for the rest of his life. So, in his senior year he took a couple of education courses in a program that was a shortcut to teacher certification, and upon graduation he was offered a... more

The Importance of Connection

What I Didn't Know

Jahana Hayes

My first day in a contracted teaching position should have been easy. I had graduated in the top of my class with a 3.97 GPA, passed all of the certification exams in my state, and had been hired to teach in the building where I had just completed fifteen weeks of student teaching under a wonderful teacher. He was comfortable in his role, which he had occupied for more than twenty-five years. He knew everything and never had to refer to any notes. He did not follow a traditional lesson plan... more

Teaching Moments

What I Didn't Know

Irvin Scott

I will never forget my first day in the classroom, nearly twenty-six years ago. All had gone relatively well: I’d taught five classes, supervised a study hall, and caught a quick meal during my thirty-minute lunch period. I had made it to the end of my final period—the last minutes before my thirty-or-so students would be set free to attack the waning days of summer. The bell rang, signifying the end of class and the day, and something happened that I will never forget: the students... more