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Fern Schumer Chapman

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Critically acclaimed Chicago-based writer Fern Schumer Chapman has written several award-winning books. Her memoir, MOTHERLAND -- a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a BookSense76 pick -- is a popular choice for book clubs. Her two other books, IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? and LIKE FINDING MY TWIN, are used in middle and high school classrooms. In 2004, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) named Chapman the "Illinois Author of the Year." Twice, Oprah Winfrey shows have featured her books. Her latest work, STUMBLING ON HISTORY, was released in September 2016.

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Fern Schumer Chapman A long time ago, I learned that the assumption that motivation results in productivity is wrong-headed. The truth: productivity results in motivation.…moreA long time ago, I learned that the assumption that motivation results in productivity is wrong-headed. The truth: productivity results in motivation.

When I have writer's block, I do something to free my mind -- take a walk ride my bike, even drive the car. Then, when I return home, I start working again, angling into what I'm writing any way I can. Once I get started, usually, I can't stop.(less)
Fern Schumer Chapman Actually, I solve the mystery of mother's early life and family in my book MOTHERLAND. Traumatized by her early life experiences as a child immigrant…moreActually, I solve the mystery of mother's early life and family in my book MOTHERLAND. Traumatized by her early life experiences as a child immigrant who came to America all by herself, my mother never spoke of her German childhood. In 1990, we returned to her small home town where her family had lived for over 200 years. That's when I began to assemble the puzzle pieces of her life.(less)
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Is It Night or Day?

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“The past is a presence between us. In all my mother does and says, the past continually discloses itself in the smallest ways. She sees it directly; I see its shadow. Still, it pulses in my fingertips, feeds on my consciousness. It is a backdrop for each act, each drama of our lives. I have absorbed a sense of what she has suffered, what she has lost, even what her mother endured and handed down. It is my emotional gene map.”
Fern Schumer Chapman, Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past

“Smells, I think, may be the last thing on earth to die.”
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“Memory for most is a kind of afterlife; for my mother, it is another form of life.”
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message 1: by Fern (last edited Jul 08, 2014 04:55PM)

Fern Chapman Square Fish will release the paperback edition of IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. It includes bonus material:

* An essay about how compassionate 8th graders reunited two Holocaust refugees

* A Teacher's Guide

* A Q/A with the author

The book is aligned with the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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