Let Me Stand Alone
This book is about Rachel’s life. It is about Rachel as a creator. It is her journey, told in her own words and illustrated with her own drawings. It is about Rachel the writer and artist and, also, the daughter, sister, granddaughter, student, co-worker, and friend. It is told through her writing: the letters, e-mails, journal entries, school papers, and sometimes paper napkins saved by Rachel or collected by her mother, stashed in tubs that sat for years in our attic. This book is not Rachel Corrie’s complete story. It is an attempt to show the development of Rachel’s writing and the concurrent development of her sense of self, her sense of community, and her belief that people from a community of privilege have particular responsibility for how they relate to and impact others.
Let Me Stand Alone reveals Rachel’s striking gifts as a poet and writer while telling her story in her own words, from her earliest reflections to her final e-mails. Her writing brings to life all that it means to come of age—a dawning sense of self, a thirst for one’s own ideals, and an evolving connection to others, near and far. Rachel wrote about the looming issues of her time as well as the ordinary angst of an American teen, all with breathtaking passion, compassion, insight, and humor. Her writing reverberates with conviction and echoes her long-held belief in the oneness of humanity: “We have got to understand that they dream our dreams, and we dream theirs.”