God Gave Me Some Bad Advice
Agate, 2008 - 218 ページ
The stories of too many black men's lives today are full of waste, violence, struggle, and self-destruction. But there are many black men and yes, not all of them athletes, actors, or musicians who grow up in challenging circumstances and find success. This is one such success story.Byron Harmon is still a young man, not yet 40. But his story is a powerful and compelling example of how many of the traditional verities of American life God, family, country provide touchstones that can bolster every individual growing up in this country.Born on the same day men first walked on the moon, and raised in the port town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Byron had an advantage over many other blue-collar black kids he grew up in a two-parent family, with a father who was a 20-year retired Army vet: David Harmon always had a gun or a knife in his pocket. He gambled, and drank too much while hanging out in pool halls and "bucket of blood" juke joints. I always had a knife or drugs in my pocket. I gambled, smoked too much, hung out in the projects, and even when I was sixteen, spent every weekend in nightclubs, some as far away as two hours away in Houston. But over time we both changed. His fork in the road was lung cancer. His death was mine. Now I spend everyday thinking about him and the home I ran away from.Coming of age in the 80s, Byron played hard, and fit right in at a high school where drugs and violence were common features of student life. When he left high school, he joined the U.S. Army, as his father had before him only to find himself packed off to fight in Desert Storm. Four years later, a penniless veteran, his job prospects dwindle to bagging groceries. But after enrolling at Southern University, he soon gets an entry-level job in a Baton Rouge TV station and then an internship at Fortune magazine in New York and his career in journalism is launched. Along the way, he deals with the death of his father and the reawakening of his religious faith, and with a rapid ascent through the ranks of television news.Today a senior executive producer with CNN International in Atlanta, and the author of three novels, Byron Harmon looks back to tell his story with warmth, generosity, humor, and grace. God Gave Me Some Bad Advice is the kind of coming-of-age-story we all need to hear more of, and a breakthrough addition to this rising writer's body of work.
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The title was taken from some advice given by a boss at one time. It wasn't true in his life, although he had to be given lots of chances to straighten himself up. レビュー全文を読む