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Author: A True Story

by Helen Lester

One Potato Review

Helen Lester is moderately famous for imagining Tacky the Penguin, but here she is thankfully stepping out from behind his inscrutable mannerisms: “A long time ago there lived a three year old author. Me. When I wrote a word I knew exactly what it said.” Unfortunately she was the only one who knew, but this does not set out to trace the origins of an incorrigible visionary. Instead she is actually disabled – “a mirror writer,” she calls herself, which does sound kind of magical, though here it is simply the first of many unglamorous obstacles to spiritual and professional fulfillment. An inspiration.

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