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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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☕Laura
Oct 15, 2016 ☕Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, owned-books
I was very hopeful going into this book because of the high ratings and positive reviews, but it did not work for me at all. The author begins by telling us that she burned all of her journals for the years covered by this memoir of the platonic relationship she carried on with her high school English teacher, a gay man, through college and beyond. This is unfortunate, as all she has to reveal to us are excerpts from the letters he wrote her over the years with little context. Understandably, sh ...more
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
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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Melissa Lorenz
Jun 08, 2013 Melissa Lorenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
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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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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Jonathan
Dec 07, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Stacie
May 14, 2013 Stacie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2013 Jenny Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Crawshaw
Jul 27, 2015 Rebecca Crawshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Woah. There is an awful lot in this book to process. Honestly, I wasn't entirely sure that I" liked it" but rather that it gave light to many dark issues. It brought them to the surface and allowed each reader to make their own conclusions. Not what I expected, but hey, life isn't either.
Kevin Shoop
Jul 09, 2013 Kevin Shoop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grade: A

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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