Annie Leitzenberger is a poet, a poet laureate, a New York Times best-selling author, and an international cultural ambassador.
She is also a bestselling author of two books, The Longest Drive and The Best-Selling Girl in the World, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first novel, The Best Girl in The World.
She has also won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her best-seller The Long, Strange Trip.
Her latest book is titled A Different World, a novel about her childhood in an immigrant household, the legacy of her family’s experience of immigration, and the lives of people in her own generation who have been in the United States for years.
We meet her on July 26 at the Pulitzer Center, in Washington, D.C., as part of the PEN/TIFIA Award Ceremony.
We have just watched the PENS documentary, A Different Kind of World, which is a wonderful portrait of her parents.
And we have just heard the story of her great grandmother, who was a U.S. citizen.
We met with her a little while ago.
She said she has written it.
And she told me she wanted to tell me something.
I’m so honored.
I want to read the book.
She wanted to read about the book that was in the collection.
She asked me what the book was about.
So I said, “It’s about my parents, the history of my family, the lives that I lived with them, the struggles that they went through, the things that they did.
And it’s about how I think about the world today.”
So what did she want to say to you?
And what does she think about what happened to me?
So I wrote it.
I wanted to share this story with you.
So this book is called A Different Way.
And I wanted you to read it with me.
It was the summer of 1967, when my mother and father separated and I was born.
My mother had to leave for college at the age of twenty-four, my father at thirty-two.
And as a child, I was always afraid to go out at night because I thought they would find me and hurt me.
I had a fear of heights.
I had a little fear of going to the movies.
And my mother, when she came back, told me, “When you grow up, don’t you want to go to school and play with your friends?”
And I said to her, “Yes, I do.
I love being a child.”
She said, “”But you have to go back to work.
You have to keep working and you have other things to do.
“I was always in school and I had friends, but I was very shy and I wanted them to see me as I was.
I thought that I was the only child and I did not want to be different.
I never had friends.
My father was the same way.
I remember one time when I was about twelve years old, he came to the door of my room and said,”I have a big problem.
I am a bad boy.
“And I said I would take care of it, and I didn’t say, “No.
“He said,””But what do you want me to do?”
I said, I am not good at being good.
I don’t like being different.
And he said,Well, you’re going to have to help me.
I can help you.
I know how to help you and I am your friend, so I will help you, but you have got to help him.
“And he was my friend, and we went out to dinner together.
And one night, he was in a dark mood, and he said to me,”You have to come home.”
And I was just going to go with him, but he said this, and then I said something like, “What?”
And he said “What do you mean, what do I mean?
You are not good.
“I said it, “You are bad.
And my mother looked at my mother. “
You have been bad for a long time.”
And my mother looked at my mother.
I looked at him and said: “I don’t know what to say.”
And she said, you know, “We have to get you home.
It is the only way.”
And so I got home and I cried in the house.
I went back to my room, but my mother said to him, “I want you to tell your wife.”
And my father said,You’re going back to school?
And I went home.
And the next day, I got an email from my mother that said, You are going back and I said my father has asked me to come over to his place, and that was very frightening because my father never wanted me to go home.
My mother had never even been to my house.
So she was really frightened. She didn’t