DAHLONEGA - Award-winning author and journalist Melissa Fay Greene will be visiting North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) on Nov. 1 to talk about her latest non-fiction book, a story about she and her husband raising their own four children and five others adopted from foreign orphanages.<br />
Her talk, "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Nine Kids, Three Continents, One Family," is based on her 2011 book. The event, part of the university's Visiting Authors Program, begins at 7 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences Auditorium at North Georgia and is free and open to the public.<br />
"We've steered by the light of what brings us joy, what makes us laugh, and what feels right and true. In shaky times, I've thought, 'Did we take on too many?' 'Is the whole family at risk of capsizing?' 'What do the experts say?' But we and the children seem to be thriving; it seems we have been right to trust love, laughter, and happiness," Greene writes in "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet."<br />
A native of Macon, Ga., Melissa and her husband, defense attorney Don Samuel, have lived in Georgia since 1975. Today, they live in Atlanta and are the parents of six sons and three daughters. Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: "Praying for Sheetrock" (1991), "The Temple Bombing" (1996), "Last Man Out" (2003), "There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue her Country's Children" (2006), and "No Biking in the House Without A Helmet" (2011).<br />
"Praying For Sheetrock," about race relations and the "good old boy" network in McIntosh County, Ga., was named one of the top 100 works of American journalism of the 20th century and appears on Entertainment Weekly's list of "The New Classics
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