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The Resource A Boy I Once Knew

A Boy I Once Knew

Label
A Boy I Once Knew
Title
A Boy I Once Knew
Statement of responsibility
by Elizabeth Stone
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A "touching and heartfelt" true story about loss, memory, and a remarkable bond between an English teacher and one of her former students (Booklist). One morning, a box was delivered to Elizabeth Stone's door. It held ten years of personal diaries and a letter that began: Dear Elizabeth, You must be wondering why I left you my diaries in my will. After all, we have not seen each other in over twenty years . . . What followed was an extraordinary year in Elizabeth's life as she read Vincent's diaries and began to learn about the high school student she had taught in Brooklyn twenty-five years before. A Boy I Once Knew is the story of the man Vincent had become and one woman's journey to understanding him more deeply—and along the way, understanding herself. With his diaries, Vincent becomes a constant presence in Elizabeth's household. She follows his daily life in San Francisco and his travels abroad. She watches him deal with the deaths of friends in the gay community during the AIDS epidemic. She judges him. She gets angry with him. She develops affection and compassion for him. In some ways, she brings him back to life. And in doing so, she becomes the student, and Vincent the teacher. He forces her to examine her life as well as his, challenges her feelings and fears about death—and ultimately, proves to her that relationships between two people can deepen even after one of them is gone. "A meditation on memory and how a story can be a form of immortality." —Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
Summary
Diaries of a deceased former student take an English teacher on a journey of self-discovery
Biography type
autobiography
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218313
Cataloging source
DLC
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1946-
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Stone, Elizabeth
Dewey number
  • 305.389664092
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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what a teacher learned from her student
Label
A Boy I Once Knew
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:76960afa-7ce0-44e9-8d90-1322727b5b48
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781565126879
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
A Boy I Once Knew
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:76960afa-7ce0-44e9-8d90-1322727b5b48
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781565126879
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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