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"Women We Buried, Women We Burned" with Rachel Louise Snyder

"Women We Buried, Women We Burned" with Rachel Louise Snyder In-Person

Rachel Louise Snyder, The Community Library’s Jack Grove Writer-in-Residence at the Hemingway House, will discuss her upcoming book, Women We Buried, Women We Burned: A Memoir. The book will be released on May 23, 2023, from Bloomsbury.

For decades, Rachel Louise Snyder has been a fierce advocate reporting on the darkest social issues that impact women's lives. Women We Buried, Women We Burned is her own story.

Snyder was eight years old when her mother died, and her distraught father thrust the family into an evangelical, cult-like existence halfway across the country. Furiously rebellious, she was expelled from school and home at age 16. Living out of her car and relying on strangers, Rachel found herself masquerading as an adult, talking her way into college, and eventually travelling the globe.

Survival became her reporter's beat. In places like India, Tibet, and Niger, she interviewed those who had been through the unimaginable. In Cambodia, where she lived for six years, she watched a country reckon with the horrors of its own recent history. When she returned to the States with a family of her own, it was with a new perspective on old family wounds, and a chance for healing from the most unexpected place.

A piercing account of Snyder's journey from teenage runaway to reporter on the global epidemic of domestic violence, Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a memoir that embodies the transformative power of resilience.

The Jack Grove Residency honors the memory of Jack Grove, who lived in and loved the Sun Valley area; who loved reading and history; and who demonstrated inspiring community-mindedness. We are privileged to promote creative writing and reading through this residency in his name.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  
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Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, a finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction, winner of a Kirkus Award in Nonfiction, a New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year, and winner of the LA Times Book Award and the New York Public Library's Bernstein Award. She is also the author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade and the novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing. Her print work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times magazine, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the New Republic, and others. 

She holds a B.A. from North Central College and an M.F.A. from Emerson College, and is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Currently, Snyder is an Associate Professor Creative Writing and Journalism at American University in Washington, DC.

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