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Rachel Corrie's book "Let Me Stand Alone" @ Powells Books Hawthorne

Rachel Corrie's personal journals are now in a book form.
[her parents will be reading form it]
Rachel tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in the Gaza Strip
Rachel was killed on March 16, 2003
Portland is on the ten-city book launch tour of her book "Let Me Stand Alone"

TODAY! - Thursday, 7:30 pm at the Powell's Bookstore on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Tonight 4/10/08 @ Powells on Hawthorne
Tonight 4/10/08 @ Powells on Hawthorne
The program will include readings from Rachel's journal by her parents Cindy and Craig Corrie, and guest readers Diane Adkin, Jennifer Grosvenor, William Seaman and Jeffrey St. Clair. After questions and answers, there will be book signing.

The first book event was on Saturday in Berkeley, California. It was filmed for later broadcast by C-SPAN. Rachel's mother Cindy says "Working on the book was an alternately exhilarating and challenging process.

We agonized over every editing decision, which pieces would Rachel have included? Which would she have wanted to work on further? However, we knew how much Rachel wanted her writing to have a wider impact and we still believe deeply that the questions she pondered and the realities she witnessed are universally important to confront.

It is a true milestone for our family, and for Rachel, that her words in this book reach the world." In the book's introduction, Craig, Rachel's father writes, "Words were sacred to Rachel, and her words have become treasures to us. They are what we have left and are an immense gift to our family.

More information about Let Me Stand Alone, how to purchase it, and the book launch tour locations, can be found at www.letmestandalone.com.

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One young woman's voice—intense and poetic—grapples with universal ideas as it chronicles a personal journey cut short.

How do we find our way in the world? How do our actions affect others? What do we owe the rest of humanity? These are the timeless questions so eloquently posed by Rachel Corrie, a young American activist killed on March 16, 2003, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in the Gaza Strip. She was twenty-three years old.

Let Me Stand Alone reveals Corrie's striking gifts as a poet and writer while telling her story in her own words, from her earliest reflections to her final e-mails. Her writing brings to life all that it means to come of age—a dawning sense of self, a thirst for one's own ideals, and an evolving connection to others, near and far. Corrie writes about the looming issues of her time as well as the ordinary angst of an American teen, all with breathtaking passion, compassion, insight, and humor. Her writing reverberates with conviction and echoes her long-held belief in the oneness of humanity: "We have got to understand that they dream our dreams, and we dream theirs."