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Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams writes a memoir

The making of a Nobel Laureate

In her memoir, Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, sounds like the girl next door as she traces her journey from small-town Vermont to internationally recognized activist in the campaign to outlaw and clear land mines. “My Name Is Jody Williams” (University of California) is as much about her personal life as it is about her politics; the two are inextricably entwined. Her political awakening as the war in Vietnam raged on is central to her story. She is matter of fact about her tumultuous family life, a short-lived marriage at age 21, and the summer of 1970 in which her transformation from “button-down almost- sorority girl” to college hippie was “seemingly completed.”

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