The Unexpected Journey of an Inner City Art Teacher
Imprint: Resource Publications
"Bonnell takes us into an at-risk school with both sacred and kick-ass prose that weaves Steinbeck-like storytelling with art theory, history, practice, and pedagogy. Everyone in need of reconnecting with his or her own humanity should read this book."
--Stephen Knudsen, contributing editor and critic, ARTPULSE Magazine
"I found myself reading Shadow Lessons very slowly. When I finally finished I realized why. I just didn't want it to end."
--Phil Ginsburg, writer and performer
"Read, weep, enjoy, and learn. Shadow Lessons is a lot like Bonnell's sacred art: both offer fresh, new, and sometimes hard insights."
--Steve Starr, photojournalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for News Photography (1970)
"Shadow Lessons paints an intimate, candid, and harrowing portrait of a desperate corner of America, where dire circumstances mock the very idea of hope. In the midst of this bleak landscape, Bonnell introduces us to one remarkable character after another--with compassion, humility, and humor--and ultimately reveals the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of crushing adversity. An unforgettable read."
--John Edmark, lecturer, Stanford University