A Lot Like Me: A Father and Son's Journey to Reconciliation

A Lot Like Me: A Father and Son's Journey to Reconciliation

by Larry Elder


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“I hated my father—really, really hated him. I hated working for him and I hated being around him. I hated it when he walked through the front door at home. And we feared him from the moment he pulled up in front of the house in his car.

So writes conservative firebrand and popular radio host Larry Elder. For ten years Elder and his father did not talk to each other.

When they finally did, the conversation went on for eight hours—eight hours that took Elder on his father’s journey from the Jim Crow South, to service in the Marine Corps, to starting a business in Southern California.

Elder emerged not just reconciled with his dad, but admiring him, and realizing that he had never fully known him or understood him.

Heartfelt, beautifully written, compulsively readable, A Lot Like Me—originally published as Dear Father, Dear Son—is both a powerfully affecting memoir and a personal, provocative slice of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621577973
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 218,536
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Larry Elder is the host of The Larry Elder Show, a popular drive-time radio show nationally syndicated in over three hundred markets. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, where he lives.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 "I don't enjoy it" 1

2 Normal was hate 5

3 On the receiving end 11

4 "I'll give you something to cry about" 21

5 The temptations 35

6 "Don't Let the door hit you in the ass" 41

7 Elder's snack bar 47

8 That friday 55

ParT 2

9 The beginnin' 63

10 A Hard-ass life 73

11 "Something made the man close up" 83

12 His life and times 97

13 "You're a lot like me" 109

14 "Would you do things different?" 117

15 Shit happens, so deal with it 125

16 Good friends 135

17 "She's something" 147

18 "Not as tough as you think" 157

19 Way back home 165

20 "Nobody fucks with my family" 187

21 "You weren't like your brother" 201

Part 3

22 Détente 213

23 Kirk and dad 223

24 Dad lightens up 229

25 Dad's new car 235

26 Dad and friends-lost and gained 237

27 Dad and dennis 243

28 Dad never learned to hate 251

29 Carrying on 259

30 "Things fallin' apart" 265

31 "Goodnight" 269

Afterword 273

Acknowledgments 283

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