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August 24, 2014

A Place to Stand

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 4:44 pm

jimmysbacaYears ago I lived in Santa Fe and went to hear Jimmy Santiago Baca read from his poignant memoir, A Place to Stand. It was not possible to take my eyes off him as he read nor to get distracted by the many people in the room. I hung onto every word. His story is not your everyday memoir. For those of you who haven’t read A Place to Stand, I will not give away his story; you must read it for yourself. There is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy’s story will renew your faith in the power of a person’s inner spirit or embolden you to walk through your own difficult and challenging times with your eyes looking straight ahead and perhaps with a pen in your hand to document it all.

If you only read one book for the next ten years it should be A Place to Stand. If you are still wanting to read more about Jimmy Santiago Baca, read his poetry, Poems for Esai. The power of his memoir and poetry has inspired me to share this with you.

And if you want to see his 2 minute video that will bring you to warm-hearted tears, watch this:

Keep the pen moving!

Jan, CEO and Founder of About the Author Network


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