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What It Means to Be a Teacher

This unique and daring book lifts the cheerful, can-do mask that hides the reality of what it means to be a teacher. In luminous prose, Jo Scott-Coe debunks the sentimentalized mystique, exposing the harsh reality of extreme expectations, isolation, and psychic disconnect that engulfs teachers’ lives. Scott-Coe’s truth is at once disturbing and emancipating.
Susan Ohanian

Our Lives as Adults and Children

Jo Scott Coe’s very fine memoir of her teaching life is unlike anything I have read before. Her lean prose is unyielding to sentimentality and aspires always toward honesty about our lives as adults and as children. One is, here, in the presence of a writer who convinces us that teaching young lives is a constant and, sometimes, terrible journey of adult self-discovery.
Richard Rodriguez

A Voice for Her Generation

Jo Scott-Coe writes with humor, insight, and a deep love for her subject. In many ways, she has become a voice for her generation and for teachers, too. Remarkable.
Chris Abani, Author of Graceland and A Virgin of Flames