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" Books are my very favorite gift to give. If you give a book to someone and they really respond to it, you feel you've actually changed their life in some way. "
" I was so worried that people wouldn't like me or my story. "
" I listen to music mostly in the evening. I've come to love what is called world music, like the Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi and the Colombian singer Marta Gomez. I also love the Irish folk singer Mary Black. Other favorites include Chet Baker, Eva Cassidy, and Billie Holiday. "
" Whenever I'm reading a book I enjoy, I always develop a mental list of the people I want to share it with. "
" I always wanted to be a serious journalist. "
" My advice to anyone is to figure out what you're good at - what it is that you love doing the most in life - and figure out a way to make a living from it. "
" Some people who've read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that's the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain. "
" Horses are a mirror of who you are. They're emotionally dependent on you. "
" I feel like 'Alice Through the Looking Glass.' "
" I'm a big believer in luck - the harder you work, the luckier you become. "
" I find books that have a moral and spiritual center, that speak to what is really important and lasting, hugely appealing. "
" My older sister achieved her dream of being an artist. She's an illustrator living in Manhattan. "
" I never had any question that my parents loved me. I had a real sense of self confidence. "
" I found out that people are incredibly compassionate and kind. It really changed my view of the world. "
" One of the most challenging aspects of writing a memoir is finding your own voice, and you should be very careful about being influenced by someone else's voice. "
" I was in control of what people thought of me, but I had no control over what they thought of my mother. When I asked my mother, 'How do I tell people about you?' her answer was, 'Tell the truth'. But of course, the truth is never simple. "
" I reached my full height at age 11, and I was clumsy as all get-out - all elbows and knees, couldn't get up a flight of stairs without falling down. I wanted to be a cute, petite blonde, but I'm a big ol' strapping thing, so I just accept it. "
" I sit down at my desk pretty early in the morning and write all day until about 4 or 5 p.m. "
" I believe that everyone has some huge talent in them; the really lucky ones discover what it is. "
" When I got a little older, I started writing for the high school newspaper, 'The Maroon Wave,' and that's when I fell in love with journalism. "
" We're stronger than we realize. "
" Everything in life is gray, you know. "
" My life is not just about the past. "