My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America

Book - 2018
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There's no one Wood refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs-- sometimes vehemently so- and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media. Here he shares the details of his own personal story growing up poor and black in Washington, D.C., and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. He hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus and across the country.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
ISBN: 9781524742447
Branch Call Number: B W857
Characteristics: x, 257 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 02, 2021

At first I thought this would be a four star read - the books was well written, insightful and interesting. The personal history of the author is written in a compelling way - Wood does a very good job of sharing the whole story with readers - this part of the story seemed driven by the desire to be 'uncensored' - to share with all the thoughts and elements of his life that he tried so hard to hide or compartmentalize in his youth. I thought the last third of the book needed a purpose beyond leading us through a list of classes, teachers, campus involvements and so on.

Jan 16, 2019

This book has tremendous potential, but misses some of that potential. Wood grew up in poverty, the only child of an abusive, mentally ill mother whom we get to know only too well, and a father about whom we learn too little. The latter is one of the sadnesses of Wood's life, as well, because he's a vague figure in the memoir. Wood's mother does recognize his intelligence, and pushes him very hard to learn, so hard that learning becomes not just a way to avoid her punishments, but a genuine pleasure for him. He's able to get enough recognition to get into elite white schools and universities. This has its downsides, as he's isolated, sometimes bullied, and lonely. He refuses to give up, and it will be interesting to see what this talented young man makes of his life. His goal is to be US President someday. One of his methods is to get people to listen to each other, whatever their viewpoint, because they can't really oppose that viewpoint without understanding it. He is a good writer, though his book could use some cutting.

Oct 01, 2018

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