Sleep in Me (American Lives)

By: Pineda, Jon

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Against the backdrop of his teenage sister's car accident--in which a dump truck filled with sand slammed into the small car carrying her and her friends--Jon Pineda chronicles his sister Rica's sudden transformation from a vibrant high school cheerleader to a girl wheelchair bound and unable to talk. For the next five years of her life, her only ability to communicate was through her rudimentary use of sign language. Lyrical in its approach and unflinching in its honesty, "Sleep in Me" is a heartrending memoir of the coming-of-age of a boy haunted by a family tragedy. A prize-winning poet's account of the irreparable damage and the new understanding that tragedy brings to his Filipino American family, Pineda's book is a remarkable story maneuvering between childhood memories of his sister cheerleading and moments of monitoring her in a coma and changing her adult diapers. Pineda adeptly navigates between these moments of idyllic youth and heartbreaking sadness. Vivid and lyrical, his story is an exploration of what it means to live deeply with tragedy and of the impact such a story can have on a boy's journey to manhood.

Title: Sleep in Me (American Lives)

Author Name: Pineda, Jon

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1/1/2010

ISBN Number: 0803225350

ISBN Number 13: 9780803225350

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803225350Z2

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