Boot Language: A Memoir


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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.5 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Vanya Erickson used to photograph and haul horses for a living. For the last twenty-five years she has been mentoring teachers while teaching writing and public speaking in the oldest continuously used schoolhouse in California. She loves hiking the High Sierras and coastal redwood forests, as well as dramatically reading aloud to children--especially her granddaughter and grandniece. Erickson holds a BA in comparative literature and a teaching credential from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book The Magic of Memoir. Find out more about her at


SILVER MEDAL WINNER, 2019 Readers' Favorite Awards, Nonfiction (Memoir) WINNER, 2019 Next Generation Indie Books (Memoir: Overcoming Adversity) SILVER MEDAL, 2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, Best New Voice (Nonfiction) FINALIST 2019 International Book Awards, Non-Fiction Narrative FINALIST, 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards (for Memoir and Regional Nonfiction: The West)

"Overall, the author vividly captures her parents in this memoir, paying special attention to telling how her father's volatility created heart-pounding anxiety. . .There's particular poignancy in later chapters. . ."
―Kirkus Reviews

"Vanya seamlessly weaves tension and lyrical beauty into every scene, playing my emotions as a reader perfectly. The result is a fantastic read. Buy this book today."
―Laura Davis, best-selling author of The Courage to Heal

"It's always a supreme pleasure to be shaken by the emotional earthquake of a master storyteller. Vanya Erickson is an original."
―Susan Brown, PhD, publishing James Joyce scholar and writing coach

"A young girl's loyalty and love are tested to the extreme by her abusive alcoholic father and a distant Christian Scientist mother. A coming-of-age story for anyone who has ever looked for love in all the wrong places."
―Nancy London, best-selling coauthor of Our Bodies, Ourselves