Robert F. Kennedy and Me

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About Deborah A. Lott

Deborah A. Lott is the author of In Session: the Bond between Women and Their Therapists. Her articles, memoirs, and essays have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly ReviewBellingham ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewCimmaron, the Huffington PostPuerto del Sol,Psychology TodaySalonthe Los Angeles Times, and other places. Her work has been thrice named as notable essays of the year byBest American Essays. Her memoir Tell Me I’m Still Breathing: A Memoir of an Anxious Childhood is in process.

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  1. This is such a poignant and stirring account of not just a historical event, but a personal one. Deborah has woven these stories together like a master. The honesty is so touching and the pain is palpable. This is a writer who has something to say that we all need to hear, no matter what our life has been like.

  2. An exquisite piece on grief, and thank you for reminding us all.

  3. joyce maynard says:

    A terrific essay. I’d like to use this one when I teach.

  4. Rob Fox says:

    What a moving and heartfelt piece. I was touched and affected by the emotional confusion surrounding her father and the chaos which ensued after the assassination of RFK. The sobbing as release for all is so true. What a great read.

  5. Karen Kasaba says:

    Simply moving and brilliantly crafted. I look forward to reading her book-length memoir.

  6. margalit says:

    I was also 16 and a resident of the west valley. My mother was at the Ambassador that night and when she got home she took to her bed for weeks in a deep depression. I remember being confused about what had happened and why. I was a huge Bobby supporter and it made no sense to kill someone because of their opposing political beliefs. This incident clearly made up my mind about gun control as well as my very liberal politics. I moved to MA, where I still reside because of the liberalness of the state. When this anniversary rolls around I still question why we all the crazy to have guns and why the crazy think killing is the answer to their problems.

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