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Out of the Madness: From the Projects to a Life of Hope

Out of the Madness: From the Projects to a Life of Hope

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by Jerrold Ladd
     
 

The child of a heroin-addicted mother growing up amidst poverty, violence, and drugs in the ghetto of West Dallas, Jerrold Ladd was determined to lead a better life. Fiercely independent, he took responsibility for his future, and, with the love of his family, became the first person in his family to attend college and later a national spokesperson on inner city

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The child of a heroin-addicted mother growing up amidst poverty, violence, and drugs in the ghetto of West Dallas, Jerrold Ladd was determined to lead a better life. Fiercely independent, he took responsibility for his future, and, with the love of his family, became the first person in his family to attend college and later a national spokesperson on inner city problems.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his debut book, Ladd, age 23, recounts the frustrating and often depressing tale of growing up in the slums of South Dallas. Raised in a housing project by his drug-dependent mother, he observed a procession of dealers and hapless father figures steal his mother's attention and his family's food. He describes his experiences of busing and attending an all-white school; he details gang shootouts, evictions and becoming the father of a daughter who was born out of wedlock. As a book lover, his bolt-hole was the public library, where he spent entire days reading. Ladd's prose conveys the rawness of his upbringing. While his narrative thread is uneven, he writes in a fresh and animated voice, offering a view into a brutal element of American society. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
Ladd's gutsy account of how he managed to beat long odds by escaping from the drug-ridden projects of his youth will receive a 75,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446671057
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
02/19/1996
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Out of the Madness: From the Projects to a Life of Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspiring story that will be impossible to put down. I had to read a cultural book for my college english class, and I'm so glad that I chose this one. It brought up issues that I honestly didn't realize existed, and certainly opened my eyes to the conditions of poverty. A gaurateed enjoyment!!