Anne Fadiman is an award-winning author, essayist, editor, and teacher. It is the 15th Anniversary of her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, California. The book won a National Book Critics' Circle Award and The Washington Post called it “an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration.” In 2009 it was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students. She has also authored two best-selling essay collections: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader and At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, both to great critical acclaim. For seven years Anne Fadiman edited The American Scholar and her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays.
“Witty, enchanting, and supremely well-written.” The London Observer
“An intellectual giant.”The New York Times
“Ms. Fadiman tells her story with a novelist’s grace, playing the role of cultural broker, comprehending those who do not comprehend each other and perceiving what might have been done or said to make the outcome different.” — The New York Times
The Washington Post called the book “an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration.”