Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars by Lauralee Summer
A Memoir

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Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars is about my memories of growing up, being raised by an eccentric and uniquely idealistic single mother. It is about how I was sometimes homeless and lived in shelters and in one apartment after another. It is about adventures my mother and I had, including moving across the country -- from Astoria, Oregon, a small coastal town, to Boston, Massachusetts, a bigger city on a different coast. It is about how I -- by accident, it seemed -- found myself to be the only girl on a high school wrestling team, how that worked out, and what I learned.

The book is also about how I later went to Harvard, a world completely unlike the ones I grew up in; how I adapted to life there. It is about how I met my father when I was nineteen, and how my father finally became my dad.

It is about all of these things, and everything in between. It is the story of a girl coming into her own, learning and understanding her place in the world. It is about the innocence and resiliency of childhood -- the space of happiness and joy which poverty was unable to demolish or diminish.

 

About Lauralee Summer

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Lauralee Summer received a B.A. in Children's Studies from Harvard University in 1998.
 
Published May 27, 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Newcomer Summer, a young woman who grew up in shelters and then attended Harvard, movingly evokes the plight of the homeless.

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When Summer entered Harvard in 1994, she stood out: she wore eight earrings, wrestled competitively and had spent much of her life homeless, living with relatives, in foster care and in shelters wi

May 12 2003 | Read Full Review of Learning Joy from Dogs Withou...

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When Summer entered Harvard in 1994, she stood out: she wore eight earrings, wrestled competitively and had spent much of her life homeless, living with relatives, in foster care and in shelters wi

May 12 2003 | Read Full Review of Learning Joy from Dogs Withou...

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