A Novel Approach to Life

A Novel Approach to Life

by Coleen Grissom

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As an administrator and teacher at San Antonio's Trinity University for five decades, Coleen Grissom saw the rise of feminism, the sexual revolution, and the tragic deaths of students, friends, and family. This varied collection assembles the best of her speeches probing these and other timely issues, from drug use and freedom of speech to AIDS and racism. More than the sum of its parts, this book, filigreed with pithy literary insights, offers an astute chronicle of its times that gives readers good reasons to embrace literature and life.

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ISBN-13: 9781595341181
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 568 KB

About the Author

Coleen Grissom has made grown men and women to weep. Not that she’s mean—though she also has been known to be somewhat acerbic on occasion. No, Dr. Grissom brings people to tears because a) she has insights about writing that go deeply to those human places where weeping is inescapable, and b) she is hellaciously funny while taking us there. A professor of English at Trinity University, she has served that institution since 1958 in administrative and teaching roles. As a faculty member for more than 45 years, she’s received “honorary alumna status” as well as a scholarship named in her honor. A recently retired member of the board of Gemini Ink, she continues to support that organization by conducting public interviews with visiting writers—most recently Annie Proulx, Grace Paley, and Margaret Atwood. In addition to reviewing books for the San Antonio Express-News, Grissom is regularly featured on KAHL 1310's "The Nightstand," a weekly radio program about books.

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¿A Novel Approach to Life¿ is more than a collection of speeches. It is also a memoir of an extraordinary human being and is as multi-faceted as its author. Although the speeches cover an array of topics, they all share a common thread. Grissom approaches each of them with a great deal of quirky humor and prodigious insight. She implores her audience to think rationally, to view and appreciate life in all of its glory, and always ¿figure out what you care about and live a life that shows it. Do attempt brave and important things, and, for heaven¿s sake, make time in your hectic, sometimes frenetic lives to read and then make time to read some more.¿ This delightful book is filled with astute observations of life, heartwarming stories of students and teachers, references to literary influences, and glimpses of Grissom¿s unselfish devotion to all that she holds dear. I promise you won¿t be disappointed.