Project Girlby Janet McDonald
Pub. Date: 10/10/2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Selected by The Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year, Project Girl is the powerful account of a young woman's struggle to realize her dreams while remaining true to who she was before attending Ivy League schools and receiving impressive diplomas. It tells of the spectacular failures and unlikely comebacks of a ghetto kid whose/i>
Selected by The Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year, Project Girl is the powerful account of a young woman's struggle to realize her dreams while remaining true to who she was before attending Ivy League schools and receiving impressive diplomas. It tells of the spectacular failures and unlikely comebacks of a ghetto kid whose academic talent opens doors onto a world of private schools, rich classmates, and plum jobs but who back home confronts a neighborhood of growing poverty, drug abuse, and crime. Project Girl is McDonald's story of her divided life and terrible battle to reconcile opposing worlds.
- University of California Press
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- New Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
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I came across this book by chance and couldn't believe the number of similarities between the life stories of Janet McDonald and Debra Dickerson, author of _An_American_Story_. Both writers came from extremely humble beginnings and rose to great heights, both studied and mastered foreign languages, both were raped. The parallels go on and on. Ms. McDonald's story does an incredible job of illustrating how much of one's success in life is related to one's own hard work, and also to one's luck (her getting the job in Paris, for instance). This book should be required reading for everyone in public housing and/or those who are convinced that achievement is beyond them.
Project Girl is a good book but her story is no different from anyone else's who made it out the projects. The book is inspirational at the same time there is nothing in here that we have not heard before. I salute her struggle I just didn't feel it was great enough to write a book about.
The book was great, very accurate, and honest. I know this because Janet is a relative of mine. I visited the family the summer of the fire she spoke about in her building and since I am from California I had never seen 'Projects', Ghettos, yes, but not projects. The book made me re-live that summer. I am very proud of you!!!. I read the book a couple of years ago, but just got around to posting a review
This book was not only powerful it was dynamic. A well written masterpiece.