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“We all suffer, we all have pain”: Sam Bracken Inspires Students at Kennesaw State University

Sam Bracken embraces his old coach Bill Curry, who offered Bracken a football scholarship 40 years ago to play  Georgia Tech.

Sam Bracken embraces his old coach Bill Curry, who offered Bracken a football scholarship 40 years ago to play for
Georgia Tech.

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag, shared his life story with students during a convocation on Tuesday, October 8 at Kennesaw State University; hundreds of students and faculty members attended.  The audience listened as Bracken talked about being abandoned at age 15, battling homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Members of the KSU community were inspired. Continue reading

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Louisburg College’s My Orange Duffel Bag Project

This week, author Sam Bracken was featured as the opening speaker at Louisburg College’s kickoff celebration for the school’s 225th anniversary week.  My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change was selected as the college’s common reading title, and author Sam Bracken went to visit the campus to share his story with faculty and students.

Faculty at Louisburg College have developed engaging assignments related to the book for their Crossroads Program, a program designed to get first-year students to explore not only how they learn, but also how they live their lives. Below is a sampling of assignments connected to the “My Orange Duffel Bag Project”:

  1. Decorate the Cover! Be creative. Decorate the cover of the notebook any way that you would like – it just needs to be decorate. You can draw, paint, cover, or do anything you think will make it look cool and look like you!
  2. First 10 Pages – these pages will serve as journal pages. Each class you will be given a topic to journal on and have some time to do this at the beginning of each class.
  3. Next 10 Pages – these pages are “YOU” pages. You should include anything that is important to you Continue reading

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A Message from My Orange Duffel Bag Author Sam Bracken

Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds.

When I was 13-years-old and in eighth grade, a caring teacher discovered that I needed glasses. Up until that point, I’d always been in special education classes. I grew up in Las Vegas in a family that was like a whacked out version of The Brady Bunch on an episode of Cops. I suffered every kind of abuse imaginable and started drinking and doing drugs at age 9. Mobsters and motorcycle gang members were my role models. As an eighth grader I decided I didn’t want to be like my family. I stopped drinking and doing drugs and with encouragement from my teachers and lots of hard work, I went from a C and F student in special education to a straight A student. My mother suffered a mental breakdown when I was 15 and abandoned me. I kept my homelessness secret Continue reading

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Louisburg College Selects My Orange Duffel Bag for Common Reading!

Louisburg College in North Carolina has selected My Orange Duffel Bag by author Sam Bracken for their 2012-2013 common reading title! We’d also like to note that the upcoming school year is of particular significance for Louisburg College because it will be celebrating its 225th anniversary.  Founded in 1787, it is the world’s oldest 2-year college.

My Orange Duffel Bag tells of Bracken’s battles with homelessness, poverty, abuse, abandonment at age 15, and how he eventually turned his life around to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag.

Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Bracken shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that students can create positive, lasting change of their own.

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Random House FYE® 2012 Author Luncheon Videos & Photos Now Available


Video from the Eighth Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon event is now up on YouTube. We hope you enjoy them and share them with your colleagues!

You may visit our YouTube page to browse all of the videos. For your convenience, we’ve also listed the links to the individual author talks (in speaking order) and the Author Q+A below:

Be sure to also check out the photos from our luncheon as well on Common Reads Facebook and Flickr accounts!

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Mark your calendars for the Eighth Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon!

      

Random House announces its Eighth Annual Author Luncheon at the 2012 First-Year Experience Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Authors in attendance include:

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change
Peter Buffett, author of Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
Elizabeth Moon, author of The Speed of Dark: A Novel
Blake Mycoskie, author of Start Something That Matters
Darin Strauss, author Half a Life: A Memoir

WHEN: Monday, February 20th, 11:30AM-1:30PM
WHERE: Room #007 on River Level at the Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center, 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX
WHY: To hear five authors speak about their books

Join us for FREE books and FREE lunch!

RSVP soon, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com. Space is limited!

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