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Finding Fish / Edition 1

Finding Fish / Edition 1

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by Antwone Fisher

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ISBN-10: 0060539860

ISBN-13: 2900060539862

Pub. Date: 12/03/2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Born in prison to a single mother, Antwone Fisher was a ward of Cleveland's foster care system until he was taken in by a family who subjected him to verbal and sexual abuse throughout his adolescence. At 17, Fish escaped, only to suffer the hardships of life on the streets. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he found a "family" of his own. But before he could make peace


Born in prison to a single mother, Antwone Fisher was a ward of Cleveland's foster care system until he was taken in by a family who subjected him to verbal and sexual abuse throughout his adolescence. At 17, Fish escaped, only to suffer the hardships of life on the streets. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he found a "family" of his own. But before he could make peace with his past, he had to discover who he really was and where he came from—an inspiring, fascinating journey that lead from the mean streets of Cleveland to the highest echelons in Hollywood.

About the Authors:
Antowne Q. Fisher is a producer and screenwriter working in Hollywood. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Mim E. Rivas has worked on more than 10 books, including Betty DeGeneres's Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey

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Table of Contents

Pre-memoir: An Uninvited Guest1
Act 1Ward of the State31
11959 to 196433
21965 to 196961
31969 to 1972101
41973 to 1976149
Act 2The Rain That Falls211
51976 to 1977213
Act 3Man of the World263
71977 to 1992265
Post-memoir: Finding Fish327

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Finding Fish 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
kstatuto More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was as good as A child Called It. Not to take away from this author brilliant work, he had me captured from begining to end. I highly recommnend this book for anybody that saw the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story, unlike the film, covers the life of a boy between both narrative by the author, and the writings of social workers who documented his life view reports and observations from visits with his foster parent and foster siblings. It gives an up close and personal look into life on the other side of childhood, the Unwanted Child.I highly recommend this book to anyone. If you like Pursuit of Happiness, you'll love Finding Fish!
RT223 More than 1 year ago
Finding Fish by Antwone Quenton Fisher is a memoir of Antwone¿s life. It starts with the story of his family a few months before his birth; as the author believed his families story was his story; even though he did not meet them until much later in his life. Antwone¿s father was shot two months before his birth, and his mother was in jail and unable to care for him. So, he was placed into foster care. The foster family Antwone was placed into was abusive, both physically and verbally; and ¿Mizz Picket¿, his foster mother, did a good job of keeping child welfare from finding out. Much of the story is about his rough beginning in Cleveland, as Antwone recalls his first seventeen years of life with the Pickets. One day, Mizz Picket was furious, and she kicked him out on the street. He was homeless, and it seemed as if his life would go nowhere. That was until Antwone chose to join the United States Navy. This was a major turning point in the story as Antwone, or as many call him, ¿Fish¿, finally gains confidence in himself and begins to enjoy life. After eleven years of service, he retires from the navy and moves to Los Angeles. Fish discovers his true passion in life, writing, and he also finds a love he had been searching for his whole life. This is a story about a young boy with rough beginnings turning his life into something great. Some prevalent themes in this book are determination, perseverance, confidence and hope. Fish had a hard life, but instead of giving up, he persevered through the situation and eventually gained the confidence he had always wanted. He was determined to make something of his life, and he did. Some things I liked about the book were the use of poems between some chapters, and the author¿s inclusion of not just his own memories, but pieces from his child welfare file and his families story. The only things I disliked about the book were a few graphic sections, as well as the morbid theme through most of the book. Overall, this was an interesting and inspiring story. I highly recommend it because of its inspiring message and the everyday lessons within. I almost read the entire book in one sitting, it was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Finding Fish written by Antwone Fisher is about a boy named Antwone who was born into an institution. He had gone in and out of several different foster homes throughout his life starting at the age two. When he was about four he was put into a foster home where he endured physical and emotional abuse with no positive reinforcement. He had to deal with that lifestyle until the age of sixteen when he was removed and at the age of eighteen Antwone enlisted in the United States Navy. The book in general was amazing; I usually don't enjoy reading but this book I did truly take a joy in reading and never wanted to put it down. Finding Fish is a very inspirational and emotional book, which I would recommend to mainly teens and adults looking for a serious heart touching story. What I liked about the book was that even though the book as a whole was gloomy and depressing the authors voice made it hopeful and sounded as if something good would happen eventually giving the reader optimism and making me want to find out what was going to happen. The author did a nice job of informing us all about his life even with the smallest details which made a difference when reading. Antwone Fisher too did a terrific job of describing things allowing me to have a perfect image in my head of what was happening. That always helps when reading a book. What I didn't like about the book was how it would jump parts. Starting with Antowne speaking, then go to a journal entry written by one of his caseworkers. That made it hard to follow along and confused me on to who was speaking when. I also disliked how there were no chapters and just acts, it made it very hard to stop and when you would pick up from where you last left off you would forget where you were and what was happening when you would begin to read. I would give Finding Fish four stars out of five and is a book that is truthfully worth reading. Anyone who has gone through fostering would really connect to this inspiring story of a young man who felt unwanted in the world and needed to find where he belonged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking, memorizing, and inspiring. This book was more then just the typical novel, memoir, etc. It was amazing. Antwone Fisher captures the most intense and gripping moments of his life. Filled with moments of despair, triumph, joy, Antwone lets the world now that no matter what happens you can always rise above the circumstances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read many books, but this one captivated me from the first page and I constantly found myself to where I couldn't put it down. Fantastic book, and is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest autobiography ever written. This story moves the soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is absolutely wonderful! I love the movie too! 'Finding Fish' is a spectacular book and should be read by everyone! It will make you appreciate life and make you cry at the same time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful display of survival by a strong willed African American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s both sad and beautiful. You¿re not going to get through this book without shedding at least one tear, or desiring to hunt down Mr. and Mizz Pickett to admonish them for the damage they had done not only in the life of Antwone but also in the lives of their other foster children Dwight and Flo. And then, after reading Finding Fish, you¿re going to want to find Antwone, wrap your arms around him and say ¿Well done.¿ This book is truly amazing! It is a story about a young man reared in a system specifically designed for failure yet, because of God¿s grace, mercy and the love of others who saw his potential, did not grow up to be what we would call ¿a statistic¿. Antwone Fisher is a star in my book. His story is one I think all teenagers should read to give them hope and to help them to appreciate the meaning of ¿family¿. If you haven¿t seen the movie, don¿t expect it to capture the real essence of Fish¿s story because, in my opinion, it doesn¿t. However, I am in no way taking away from Denzel Washington¿s depiction. I enjoyed every part of the movie. It¿s just that the book says so much more. Then again, books have no limits. All I can say is: Thanks Fish for sharing your story. (I plan to use this book as a springboard to help the youth of today to find themselves and their place in this world when they feel they were dealt a ¿bad hand¿ in life.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book it was heart wrenching it made me cry i also saw the movie book was better but they both had me look at life in a different way and put it in perspective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its sad at parts but always gets better. It will change your life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah of corse i can
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skypaw: "Mom, Dad im going to be the very best apprentis in the whole woods!" She meowed proudly................Rosebud: "i am very proud of you my little one" she purred loudly to show her plesher...............Stormfly: "i could not be more proud of you, Skypaw"................Skypaw: "thank you mom and Dad" she nodded respectfuly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It was well written and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed ,cried and redefined what life is really all about.
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The human spirit can overcome some of the worst situations imaginable -- if the right people are around to help. Finding Fish is a well-written story that captures the heart. This is a must read for people who are involved with care, coaching, teaching, and/or parenting of kids who are in the chid welfare system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was suggested reading by a guest speaker to our school system. Curious, I ordered it and was very satisfied with it. Also saw the movie which kept fairly true to the book. Will be a definite re-read.
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