“I’m not like them,” Tennessee Reed would tell her teachers to get them to see that the approach they used for students with “normal” brains didn’t always work for her. As it turned out, she was different in quite a few other ways as well, including the great reserves of courage she could call upon to fight an educational system that often defined her disabilities as laziness or stupidity. Spell Albuquerque, by Tennessee Reed, is an inspiring memoir of one woman’s struggle to overcome racism and institutional authority and to achieve what everyone said was impossible.
Published by CounterPunch and AK Press 2009. 202 Pages.