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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (605 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Hemphill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Your Own, Sylvia draws on Plath’s writing and extensive nonfiction sources, chronicling Hemphill’s interpretation of Plath’s life from infancy to her death by suicide at age 30. The poems are arranged chronologically and each conveys an experience in Plath’s life told via the voice and perspective of family members, friends, doctors, fellow writers, etc.—as interpreted by Hemphill. Each poem is accompanied by an addendum that further explains the factual circumstances of that poem’s subject. The book also includes an Author’s Note, some photos, a section describing the source material for each poem, and suggestions for further reading.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hemphill's verse, like Plath's, is completely compelling: every word, every line, worth reading."
  • “An intimate, comprehensive, imaginative view of a life, which also probes the relationships between poetry and creativity, mental fragility, love, marriage, and betrayal.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, February 2007:
    "[R]eaders come away with a sense ofreally knowing Plath . . . a must for any young-adult reader of poetry or Plath."
  • Starred review, Booklist, February 15, 2007:
    "[A]n intimate, comprehensive, imaginative view of a life, which also probes the relationships between poetry and creativity, mental fragility, love, marriage, and betrayal."
  • Starred review, The Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2007:
  • A 2008 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/12/2014

    " THis book was just okay. It's a big challange to have to create excellent poems about a poet. Not an objective view of her life at all and I don't think deserving of so many honors at it received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 1/3/2014

    " i have been a longtime fan of sylvia plath. i really liked the way the author used her own poetry, sylvia's poetry, and history to tell the story of sylvia's life and death. greatly expanded my knowledge about her, and will probably lead me to read some of the biographies mentioned in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JuJu | 12/17/2013

    " I am not too familiar with Sylvia Plath's work, but a friend recommended this book and I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 11/26/2013

    " Tragedy. Brilliance. Poetry. These things put together add up to Sylvia Plath. The brilliant and beautiful Sylvia Plath was torn apart by her public ambitions, private life, and personal demons. Burdened with guilt over her father's death when she is eight, she spent the rest of her life trying to prove her worth. She could never be too thin, too popular, or too accomplished. She won scholarships to Smith and Cambridge but needed constant psychiatric help. Rejecting many suitors, she marries Ted Hughes, a British poet with whom she could not form a happy marriage, leading to divorce and a tragic end. Here you can follow her life and work through in poetry told from the perspectives of the people around her -- her family members, friends, doctors, fellow writers and acquaintances. "

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