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Panama Woman Published In ‘Chicken Soup’ Book

Books & Reading By Nicholas L. Dean for the Post-Journal - Panama Native Clair Saeger’s original story ‘‘Happy With Nothing’’ is included in the recently-published book, ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Teen Soul.’’ Clair Saeger usually writes stories for her family, but it was a story about her mother which got the Panama native published. In her junior year of high school, the current college senior entered a contest being held by Teen Ink magazine. Now, some years after having had her essay printed in the magazine, Saeger’s story, ‘‘Happy With Nothing,’’ has been included in ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Teen Soul.’’ A new book in the ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’’ series, the teen-themed compilation collects ‘‘real life stories by real life teens.’’ Tackling topics like change, challenge, loss and other issues facing teens, the book shows readers they are not alone through its friendly peer-to-peer style. (more)

In ‘‘Happy With Nothing,’’ Saeger comes to the realization that, after being denied many of life’s essentials, family is the key ingredient to happiness.

‘‘It was a story about growing up with my mom,’’ Saeger explained. ‘‘My parents got divorced when I was young, so it’s kind of just my mom’s story about what an inspiration she was to me. It’s about how she’s gotten to where she is today. She went from having nothing to having almost everything.’’

As a teen, Saeger said she was always writing.

‘‘My family got me journals when I was young and I’ve just always written since then,’’ Saeger said. ‘‘I used to write stories for my family. I’d do it just for fun. I had tiny little journals that I’d write for aunts and uncles and usually, they would be the characters in my story.’’

Studying advertising and public relations at the University at Buffalo, Saeger said it was both surprising and exciting to have been contacted by the ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’’ people this past summer. Her first time in print in book format, Saeger said the new ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Teen Soul’’ was released to stores in October.

First published in 1993, the ‘‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’’ books have hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Published in 37 languages, the 145 titles have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Joining creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen as authors of this book are Stephanie and John Meyer.

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