At the First-Year Experience conference in Denver, the Random House Academic Marketing team had the pleasure of meeting Dana Canedy, New York Times journalist and author of the touching and incredibly timely memoir, A Journal for Jordan.
Selected by the University of Texas at Arlington’s OneBook program for the upcoming year, A Journal for Jordan tells the story of First Sargeant Charles Monroe King who, when deployed to Iraq in 2005, kept a 200-page journal he filled with words of wisdom for his unborn son in case he didn’t make it home from the war. The entries ranged from small instructions to hide money in his shoe while on vacation to larger topics of how to choose a wife. When First Sargeant King was killed on October 14, 2006, his son Jordan was seven months old.
Professor Christopher Conway, co-chair of the OneBook program at UT Arlington shed light on why A Journal for Jordan is such an important read saying:
… it’s a deeply moving and accessible book that lends itself to interdisciplinary conversations about politics, family, ethnicity and war. We also appreciated the way Canedy’s memoir values writing and memory, topics that are central to our educational mission of promoting critical thinking and engagement with society.
Stay tuned! We will be posting video from Dana Canedy’s talk at our Sixth Annual Author’s Luncheon at the First-Year Experience Conference in Denver.