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

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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.

An important autobiography that crosses all racial barriers to tell the universal tale of one ...

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Overview

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.

An important autobiography that crosses all racial barriers to tell the universal tale of one man who overcomes extraordinary odds to achieve a dream. With a rare, inspiring message that must be heard, Out of the Madness is an incredible odyssey of a family attempting to get out of the violent, drug-ridden projects.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446671057
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/19/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 685,768
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1. Welcome 1
2. Deadman 13
3. Cool Brother 29
4. School Torture 41
5. Save Me, Lord 55
6. Do It for Momma 67
7. Struggle 75
8. Marriage 85
9. Forged 93
10. Mind Wilderness 105
11. Stay Alive 111
12. Closed Lore 123
13. Failures 135
14. Baby Jacqua 143
15. The Firm 153
16. Rebirth 163
17. Out of the Madness 177
Epilogue 183
Afterword 189
Acknowledgments 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Motivational

    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!!

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