Living to Tell: Collected Memoirs

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Spanning approximately forty years, these memoirs are tied together with the thematic thread of a writer-to-be coming of age. They chronicle his discoveries of nature, family, love, community and self. For several years he becomes immersed in music as a member of an R&B and jazz band. During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement he narrowly escapes, but has a close look at death by the hands of law enforcement officers in of all places, a college campus. He drops out of college, fights off drug abuse and winds up ...
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Overview

Spanning approximately forty years, these memoirs are tied together with the thematic thread of a writer-to-be coming of age. They chronicle his discoveries of nature, family, love, community and self. For several years he becomes immersed in music as a member of an R&B and jazz band. During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement he narrowly escapes, but has a close look at death by the hands of law enforcement officers in of all places, a college campus. He drops out of college, fights off drug abuse and winds up in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After regaining his equilibrium, he continues his higher education, and realizes some measure of personal success.

During this time he is recruited by the CIA. The final piece, "Rewind," reveals a mature, stable, self-aware man who knows who he is and where he fits into the world as he now sees it-a still-racist world that is reluctant to embrace him, but one in which he is determined and prepared to realize his long-recurring dream of being a writer. Engaging and articulate, these memoirs go beyond being one person's life excerpts, to reflecting American history and culture, and human search for self.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780595171729
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Ant Lions and Dragonflies 1
Surviving Childhood Games 9
Mama Evelyn 17
Making Music 25
Reparation 32
Massacre at Orangeburg 40
The Buddy System 46
Boot Camp 54
Huachuca 63
The Recruit 72
Desert Renaissance 81
Rewind 93
References 101
About the Author 103
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    Wonderfully engaging!!

    It is not often you find a book that is so engaging and captivating that you can't put it down. This memoir is such a book. I enjoyed following the author from his youth into manhood. I felt a closeness to his emotions as he endured tragedies and triumphants. A wonderful journey indeed!

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