Rachel Corrie's determination to make a better, more peaceful world took her from Olympia, Washington, to the Middle East, where she died in 2003 while trying to block the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in the Gaza Strip. A twenty-three-year-old American activist, Corrie also possessed a striking gift for poetry, writing, and drawing. Let Me Stand Alone, a selection of her journals and letters as chosen by her family, reveals her story in her own hand, from her precocious reflections as a young girl to her final emails. Corrie's words—whether writing about the looming issues of our time or the ordinary angst of an American teen—bring to life all that it means to come of age: a dawning sense of self, a thirst for one's own ideals, and an evolving connection to others, near and far.
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“Poignant and impressive…A smart and passionate
girl of conscience who wanted to see the world and become a dancer, artist, and
writer, Rachel evolved into a radiant and compassionate soul who wrote with
candor, lyricism, and drive about all the usual preoccupations of youth…Rachel’s
charming, prescient, and haunting chronicles trace the coming-into-her-own
of an altruistic and courageous woman who loved life yet was willing to
risk all for what she knew was right.”