WMU News

Dolan's spring memoir makes several top book lists

Jan. 9, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's J.D. Dolan closed the year 2000 with a spate of honors for his memoir "Phoenix," which was published in March.

"Phoenix" was named one of the best nonfiction works of 2000 by the Los Angeles Times, one of the year's 10 best memoirs by the Detroit Free Press and one of the top books of 2000 by Wag magazine.

The book tells the story of Dolan's relationship with his estranged brother and the impact that dealing with the brother's lingering death in a burn unit had on the Dolan family.

Dolan, an assistant professor of English who teaches in the Creative Writing Program, went on a 38-city book tour in the spring of 2000 .

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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