Mary Rose’s Mom and Dear Nobody co-editor Gillian McCain were interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.

Gillian was a guest of Leonard Lopate in the WNYC studio and Mary Rose’s mom called in. They talk about Mary Rose, her writing, and how the book came to be.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: ‘The Jane Austen of Juvenile Delinquents’
“Between the ages of 15 and 18, until her death in 1999 of cystic fibrosis, a Pennsylvania teenager named Mary Rose wrote unguardedly in her journals, describing her fights with her mother, a magnet for abusive, criminal boyfriends; her own experiences with romance, sex, alcohol, and drugs; and living with cystic fibrosis. Gillian McCain discusses creating the book Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose from diary entries and letters, edited with Legs McNeil. She’s joined by Mary Rose’s mother.”

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Interview with Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, Editors/Curators of Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose in the Literary Orphans Journal

“We are very proud to present to you an interview with Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, conducted by our marvelous Poety Editor, Katie Perttunen.

This book is the diary of a girl named Mary Rose who wrote the words; curated by editors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil after her death.”

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Dear Nobody- Chapter 1


chapter-1Dear Nobody,

Tonight I got arrested. I hate saying that, but it happens.
I had a 40 ounce beer in my hand and one in my book bag
and I smelled like it. I was walking with my two friends, when
this cop pulls up and goes, “Is something wrong?”

We all said nothing was wrong, but then the cop pointed to
me and said, “Why does she look so sad?

I made up some bullshit about how my boyfriend and I just
broke up, but by then he had already seen the 40 ounce I was hiding in my coat.

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What is Cystic Fibrosis? What is 65 Roses?

From About Cystic Fibrosis at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website:


Mary Rose

What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.

In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

Read More info on the CFF.ORG HERE

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