Laugh If You Like, Ain't a Damn Thing Funny: The Life Story of Ralph ''Petey'' Greene As Told to Lurma Rackley

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Laugh If You Like, Ain't a Damn Thing Funny: The Life story of Ralph

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  • ISBN-13: 9781413432886
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Great bio!

    Wonderful reading--especially for those of us who lived in DC during the Petey Greene years! Even if you didn't, though, you'll find 'Laugh If You Like...' an alternatingly amusing and serious account of the life of a man, his grandmother, and his many associates and the twists and turns that life took.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    Laugh if You Like., Ain't a Damn Thing Funny, Petey Greene

    I have always been interested in reading how men of color were raised and lived based on the environment in which they were developed. In this book, lessons taught by A'nt Pig were the criteria for how Petey Greene thought and made decisions.Although she didn't teach him all of those worldly things he did, Petey existed and rose to heights he never dreamed of based on what he learned from A'nt Pig. Although my own father, uncles, and other male relatives didn't accomplish as much as Petey, reading this book gave me some insight into what they must have experienced growing up in the 30's, 40, and 50's. As I was reading this extremely graphic and riveting account of his life, it was easy for me to visualize the events in Petey's storytelling using an imaginary movie screen in my head. I imagined the good and bad. Each chapter or story Petey told reminded me of what my family members had gone through. As a child growing up I compared what I actually witnessed and heard with the events that occurred in Petey's life. This book vividly confirmed that Petey Greene and many of our elders survived the best way they could. In Petey Greene's case, the decisions and rationale for his logic came from the instructions and teachings of A'nt Pig. This book also showed how two friends helped each other along with their careers in spite of some personality and creative differences.In the future,I hope the author and others who are aware of Petey Greene are able to justify telling his story in a cinema format. In my opinion, this was an amazing,sad,funny,and exciting story of one man's life. 'Laugh if you want, ain't a damn thing funny' because even when there is extreme pressure all around, if one draws upon the wisdom of his elders and learns from his mistakes, there are no obstacles that cannot be overcome. I can only imagine A'nt Pig's pain and the disappointments she witnessed throughout Petey Greene's life, but she was still there encouraging and motivating him the best way she could. She never, ever gave up on Petey. This was A'nt Pig's bettersweet, unwavering, and unconditional, love that sustained Petey and made him the person he ultimately became. Edward Richardson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    A Wonderful Read

    This is a great book! It's funny and fast-paced and captures not only the spirit of the man, but his times and life particularly in the DC area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Excellently written!

    Brings the man to life. I laughed and cried. It was a fast and easy read and took me into Washington, DC from the early 1930's when Petey was born through the early 80's when he died. I intend to read it again and buy it as gifts for my friends who need a burst of inspiration.

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