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Letters from the Closet: Ten Years of Correspondence That Changed My Life

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It’s Tuesdays with Morrie— if Morrie were young and gay and Mitch Albom were a woman.
As the years and letters passed between John and Amy, the layers fell off as they explored and unmasked themselves and each other. “A teacher is like a book,” John wrote, “wasted until he’s read. The student has to do that. You’ve done that.” While going through a period of despair, he wro
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Published May 7th 2013 by Howard Books
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Jonathan
“Letters from the Closet” is a beautiful story that tells (via letters of course) the relationship between the author and her high school English teacher John. This story struck a chord with me as I have a similar, albeit somewhat less intense experience of my own. It’s somewhat shocking, at first perhaps a parent’s nightmare that a child’s teacher is really carrying on a heart to heart with a 15 year old, but I think in the end, it was a relationship that benefited both parties. It’s a very per ...more
Lucille Zimmerman
Hollingsworth was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People of 2010 for her influence on pop culture and featured in the documentary by MTV News VP/producer Benjamin Wagner titled “Mister Rogers & Me.” Her television appearances include Living the Life, WGN’s Morning News, PBS’s A Word on Words, and FOX Morning News.

Before writing books, Hollingsworth wrote for various magazines and was a writer for eight years for a national television program. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psycho
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Kandy Crosby-hastings
When I began reading Letters from the Closet, I did not expect to be drawn into its pages as I was. At the close of each page, each section, each chapter, I could feel the strength and courage it must have taken the author to write these words. There is power in vulnerability. This power radiates from the first page until the last. I laughed, and I cried with the emotions expressed. At times, I had to stop, go back, and re-read just to re-embrace the simplicity and elegance of the meaning.

As I r
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Rebecca
I enjoyed this book quite a bit although it was a little hard to get into at first. I loved all the literature references (and have added a couple books to my to-read list as a result) and seeing how these two people had used literature to help them process their thoughts and feelings on life. It was interesting to me how they slowly over the years took off layers of masks and allowed themselves to be truly seen by the other. It's not a very happy book, overall, kinda sad really, but beautiful j ...more
Melissa Lorenz
I started the book not really sure what to expect. I knew it was being called the story of a relationship between "a gay English teacher and his young female student" but it turned out to be so much more than just that. It's really the story of two people living tucked inside their own "closets" only able to be real with each other, and sometimes not even each other. I've recently been learning to be completely honest with myself and not to color things the way that I want them to be, so that as ...more
Amanda
Letters from the Closet sucks you in from the very first page with rich detail and emotion. This is not a book about hero-worship. Amy makes no effort to portray John as some kind of god or symbol of perfection. Rather, this is an honest and open book that strips bare both her emotions and his, revealing two very real people.

I saved this book for a weekend when I would be alone so I could avoid those pesky questions like, “Can you fix me something to eat?” and “Mama, why are you crying?” When I
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Amanda
Letters from the Closet sucks you in from the very first page with rich detail and emotion. This is not a book about hero-worship. Amy makes no effort to portray John as some kind of god or symbol of perfection. Rather, this is an honest and open book that strips bare both her emotions and his, revealing two very real people.

I saved this book for a weekend when I would be alone so I could avoid those pesky questions like, “Can you fix me something to eat?” and “Mama, why are you crying?” When I
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Stacie D-Struction
This book is a perfect illustration of the title being more interesting than the content epidemic. Part of the issue was I was reading an ARC and the formatting had major problems. Sentences were cut in two, captions of pictures (or at least I assume that's what it was) were in the middle of paragraphs, etc. This is not the reason for my 1 star rating.

I felt this book really never went anywhere. It tells the story of a 15 year old girl who bonds so much with her English teacher that they pretend
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Jenny Wells
It took me longer to read than I normally use for a memoir. It's not straightforward or a tell-all. Hollingsworth's and John's story still left me with questions at the end. But I found it a strong portrayal of the dynamic between a student and teacher, the potential vulnerabilities and strengths of the relationship. It also represented the power of freedom and resolve that can come when we can own and tell our life-changing stories, even decades later.
Kevin Shoop
The story, the structure of the book, and the writing itself are all so unique and compelling. As a gay Christian (well, gay agnostic theist) the book was very meaningful personally.
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Amy Hollingsworth is the author of the bestselling The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers and Gifts of Passage. Her new book, RUNAWAY RADICAL, coauthored by her son Jonathan, releases in February, 2015. Before writing books, Amy wrote for various magazines and was a television writer for eight years for CBN. In 2010, she was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People for her influence on pop culture and w ...more
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