A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life

A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life

by Antwone Fisher

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ANTWONE FISHER ALWAYS ADMIRED his foster father’s crisp sartorial style. It wasn’t until Fisher was a navy recruit that he realized this smartly dressed man had never taken the time to teach him how to be well-groomed—to reflect on the outside the man he was becoming on the inside. "A boy ought to know how to tie a tie," he thought angrily, as he struggled to master the navy’s required half-Windsor knot.

Filled with inspiring stories, wisdom, and practical know-how, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie teaches:
  • Basics of personal style and hygiene: why cleaning, trimming, and polishing are essential daily habits
  • Key components of self-improvement: how to develop a routine for success and organize your personal space
  • The importance of identity: why reinventing oneself is a necessary part of growing up

With additional information about healthy eating, making smart financial decisions, and finding role models, Antwone Fisher offers a book filled with accessible life lessons.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416566854
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Antwone Fisher is an award-winning producer and screenwriter and the author of the bestselling memoir Finding Fish and Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?, a collection of poetry.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Keeping Yourself Valuable 11

Chapter 2 Pay Attention to Your Intuition 37

Chapter 3 Getting Your Clean On 57

Chapter 4 From the Outside In: Putting Your Best Foot Forward 77

Chapter 5 Clothes Make the Man 91

Chapter 6 Command and Control: Developing a Plan for Your Life 113

Chapter 7 Inventing and Reinventing Yourself 133

Chapter 8 A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place 151

Chapter 9 You Are What You Eat 185

Chapter 10 Develop Your Spiritual Side 211

Afterword: A Boy Should Know How to Live a Good Life 223

Acknowledgments 227

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A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Antwone who seen the movie or read the memoir Finding Fish will believe Antwone Fisher is the right person to provide a practical guide for at risk youths to make it in society. With its title instruction and sound advice on finance, grooming, daily hygiene and other key elements that teach a young man to be self sufficient and part of society instead of being condemned. Well written and easy to use, this inspirational primer with further insight into the author overcoming his resentment towards his foster father for never nurturing him with key improvements like tying the tie, this is a winning self help reference that anyone, especially young males, can use. Perhaps the only negative is that the prime targeted audience is the least likely to know the book is available and if they do will probably not read it without a mentor encouraging them. Still Mr. Fisher writes more than just an inspiring story; as he tries to give back more to the community inspiring others to do likewise. Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the book How to Tie a Tie by Antwone Fisher is a great advice novel and should be read widely by young teens throughout the country. The book covers a multitude of life lessons from how to shave to what kind of clothes you should wear. For example Fisher includes step by step instructions for things like hygiene and how to tie a tie. The book also gives anecdotes of Fisher’s life and different situations that people have probably gone through. These anecdotes help the reader understand that things happen in life; some bad and some good. An example in the book is when Antwone’s foster siblings burnt down the house. “...two of her other foster children were playing with matches and set the house on fire”(Fisher 37). Another reason why the book is a great read is because Fisher makes you think ahead into the future. He talks about choices  and how they impact you in the present and future. “These are decisions that you could make in your tween and teen years from which you will regret for years to come” (Fisher 209).  In a past review written by Sharel Love, she agrees with me saying that, “...Antwone Fisher penned a timely self-help book that clearly explains how important the basic things in life that pertain to life and living it successfully”. My favorite character throughout the whole book is Antwone’s wife, LaNette,  because she is always on Antwone’s side and is like his backbone. I do not think that Antwone would act or behave the same way he does right now without LaNette and would crumble without the support of her. She is very intelligent and dexterous and can easily think of a solution to Antwone’s problems when he cannot think of one. In conclusion, my favorite quote in the entire book is, “Surviving the streets, finding my family, and then starting a family of my own surely meant someone or something had smiled down on me at my darkest moments” (Fisher 211). This is my favorite quote because it wraps up the book and gives it closure. He is thankful for all of the good things that have happened to him and overshadows all of the bad things that had happened to him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome, great reading, I bought this book for my grandson who is 12 years old. It will support what he already knows..
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