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Teacher turned author: Shoemaker publishes book

Shoemaker publishes first book of essays

Story: Leah Winston, Staff Writer

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“Flesh and Stones: Field Notes From a Finite World,” a collection of essays written by Haslett High American Literature teacher Jan Shoemaker, hit bookstores Oct. 29.
Shoemaker has been writing essays for years. Her subjects include: dogs, hiking, teaching and traveling. A main theme for this book is trying and often failing to be a really good person.
“Another main theme is coming to terms with our human fragility and eventual death,” Shoemaker said of her first published book. “I’ve been writing essays for quite a few years and publishing them in journals and magazines.”
Shoemaker worked hard to incorporate humor while also making the essays reflective.
Reaction from her students is the same throughout the school: excited.
Although the out-of-class chatter seems to be low, when it’s mentioned in class, students are pretty animated.
“It’s fun that a teacher that I like a lot has a book about her life,” sophomore Jordan Valley said. “It’s really cool.”
The book is being published by Bottom-Dog Press, located in Huron, Ohio, and owned by Larry Smith. “Flesh and Bones” is available at Schuler’s Book Store and Amazon.

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