Wally Lamb
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Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb's first two novels, She's Come Undone (Simon & Schuster/Pocket, 1992) and I Know This Much Is True (HarperCollins/ReganBooks, 1998), were # 1 New York Times bestsellers, New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and featured titles of Oprah's Book Club. I Know This Much Is True was a Book of the Month Club main selection and the June 1999 featured selection of the Bertelsman Book Club, the national book club of Germany. Between them, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True have been translated into eighteen languages. Lamb is also the editor of the nonfiction anthologies Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters (HarperCollins/ReganBooks, 2003) and I'll Fly Away (HarperCollins, 2007), collections of autobiographical essays which evolved from a writing workshop Lamb facilitates at Connecticut's York Correctional Institute, a maximum-security prison for women. He has served as a Connecticut Department of Corrections volunteer from 1999 to the present. Wally Lamb is a Connecticut native who holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in teaching from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College. Lamb was in the ninth year of his twenty-five-year career as a high school English teacher at his alma mater, the Norwich Free Academy, when he began to write fiction in 1981. He has also taught writing at the University of Connecticut, where he directed the English Department's creative writing program. Wally Lamb has said of his fiction, "Although my characters' lives don't much resemble my own, what we share is that we are imperfect people seeking to become better people. I write fiction so that I can move beyond the boundaries and limitations of my own experiences and better understand the lives of others. That's also why I teach. As challenging as it sometimes is to balance the two vocations, writing and teaching are, for me, intertwined." Honors for Wally Lamb include: the Connecticut Center for the Book's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Connecticut Bar Association's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the Connecticut Governor's Arts Award, The National Institute of Business/Apple Computers "Thanks to Teachers" Award. Lamb has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Vermont College and the University of Connecticut. He was the 1999 recipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. I Know This Much Is True won the Friends of the Library USA Readers' Choice Award for best novel of 1998, the result of a national poll, and the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Book Award, which honored the novel's contribution to the anti-stigmatization of mental illness. She's Come Undone was a 1992 "Top Ten" Book of the Year selection in People magazine and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best First Novel of 1992. Wally Lamb's third novel, The Hour I First Believed, explores chaos theory by interfacing several generations of a fictional Connecticut family with such nonfictional American events as the Civil War, the Columbine High School shootings of 1999, the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina. The book will be published by HarperCollins in November of 2008.

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Best Sellers

    • She's Come Undone

    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,089

    "Mine is a story of craving: an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered...."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Rollicking Roll Through Dysfunction

    • By J. Simonton on 06-11-13

    Regular price: $28.30

    • I Know This Much Is True

    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: Ken Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 729
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 556

    Identical twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey were born in the waning moments of 1949 and...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Douglas on 03-20-08

    Regular price: $17.10

    • We Are Water

    • A Novel
    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Length: 23 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104

    We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting audiobook about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

    • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

    Regular price: $49.05

    • The Hour I First Believed

    • A Novel
    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 970
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 639
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 640

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent all around yarn

    • By G. on 01-10-09

    Regular price: $53.61

    • I'll Take You There

    • A Novel
    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    An evocative tapestry of one baby boomer's life - Felix Funicello - and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it in this radiant homage to the resiliency and power of women....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Wally Lamb's Best -- Maybe His Worst?

    • By Paula on 11-29-16

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Wishin' and Hopin'

    • A Christmas Story
    • By: Wally Lamb
    • Narrated by: Wally Lamb
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 208

    It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pleasant surprise

    • By Kathi on 11-16-16

    Regular price: $13.68

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