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A Pearl Harbor Story

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15 Year-Old Jessica Elliott Writes Me A Letter Re: My Memoir

A High School Student’s Response to LIES MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME I just received the following letter from a fifteen year old student in Illinois. I was so moved by it I thought I’d share it with you. Jessica … Continue reading

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Thankful — Or Not — It’s A Choice

Ever since I got back from my book tour about two weeks ago, I’ve been in an emotional slump, a kind of low-grade depression that makes my limbs and heart feel heavy. I am not exactly sure what has caused … Continue reading

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Breakfast With the Marines

My friend Ray Elliott took me to his Wednesday morning Marine breakfast at Sammy’s in Champaign, IL. They stood up and clapped, even though my father was regular Army. I told them that one of my dad’s best friends, Eddie … Continue reading

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My Book Gets a Recommendation From a Teen

From my friend and tae kwon do buddy, Denise Brecher: “My daughter quoted you in school today. They had someone come to school to talk to students about chemical dependency. The man who spoke to Jamie’s class said that in … Continue reading

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More Amazing Questions About Writing from High School Students

Upon finishing my memoir after I met with this high school AP English class, one student writes: In the book, near the end, your mother was doing very badly, and you wrote that you were waiting for her to die … Continue reading

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Six Amazing Questions About Writing From A High School Student

Amazing Questions from A High School Student about Memoir Writing: I visited my former student Tom Borthwick’s high school AP English class in Scranton, PA, and spoke to them about writing. They later read my memoir and wanted to ask … Continue reading

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Lies My Mother Never Told Me: free download

This is a funny, true story about Frank Sinatra that my mother, Gloria, used to tell. Who Do You Think You Are? Frank Sinatra? is an excerpt from my memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, recorded at SI Studios … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly Starred Review: Lies My Mother Never Told Me

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: Lies My Mother Never Told Me Kaylie Jones. Morrow, $25.99 Accomplished author Jones (A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries), daughter of famed literary figure James Jones, has spent most of her life avoiding the twin parental legacies … Continue reading

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Library Love Fest Review: Lies My Mother Never Told Me

Kaylie Jones Finds Her Voice “My grandmother used to say “in order to really know someone, you have to walk in their shoes”.  Sometimes what a person projects on the outside is really not what is going on inside.  To … Continue reading

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