By George Dawson
One man’s impressive trip during the 20th century and the way he discovered to learn at age 98
“Things may be okay. humans have to listen that. existence is nice, simply because it is. There isn’t whatever i might switch approximately my life.”—George Dawson
during this impressive booklet, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who discovered to learn at age ninety eight and lived to the age of 103, displays on his lifestyles and stocks helpful classes in residing, in addition to a clean, firsthand view of the USA throughout the complete sweep of the 20 th century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s impossible to resist voice and think about of the area, delivering insights into humanity, background, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in heritage, George Dawson’s description and evaluate of the final century conjures up readers with the message that has sustained him via all of it: “Life is so solid. I do think it’s getting better.”
WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD
“A extraordinary autobiography . . . . the feel-good tale of the year.”—The Christian technology Monitor
“A testomony to the facility of perseverance.”—USA Today
“Life Is So reliable is approximately personality, soul and spirit. . . . The satisfaction in status his floor is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
“Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an excellent and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
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My father advised me, ‘A guy is born to die. you were given to maintain that during brain and don’t do no unsuitable. do this and you’ll make me proud. ’ “Funny how existence works. That was once 80 years in the past that I heard that from my father. ultimately, this can be my time to go that on. this is often it slow to pay attention and that i provide that to you. i assume that’s how the realm works. ” “Someday, it is going to be my time to go that on? ” “Or no matter what it's that you’ve realized. First a person has obtained to come back with a question and be capable to hear, yet on the correct time a person will.