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What I Know for Sure My Story of Growing up in America

ISBN-10: 0385721722
ISBN-13: 9780385721721
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Description: From the man who catapulted theCovenant with BlackAmerica to number one on theNew York Timesbestseller list comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonment. Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in rural Indian, where money  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.15" wide x 7.95" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

From the man who catapulted theCovenant with BlackAmerica to number one on theNew York Timesbestseller list comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonment. Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in rural Indian, where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. Always an outsider because of his race, economic background, and Pentecostal religious beliefs, he was sustained by his family’s love. But one day his world was shattered when his father brutally beat him, sending him to the hospital and then into foster care for a period of time. InWhat I Know for Sure, Smiley recounts how he overcame his painful history and became one of America’s most popular media figures.

David Ritz has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B. B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He co-wrote the song Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye. He received the Gleason Music Book Award four times.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Gulport to Gotham
Gotham to Gulfport
Gulfport to Bunker Hill
The Trailer and the Church
Men Were Walking on the Moon
The Bully and the Lesson
The Revelation
In My Father's House
Shame on the Smileys!
The Boxcar Children
A Rage That Reaches to Heaven
Despising the Shame
Turn the Fear to Energy
America Has Defaulted
High School Hierarchy
Hustle and Flow
Dangerous Unselfishness
Conflict of Sufferings
The Paradox Paradigm
IU
Brave New World
RIP Denver Smith
Madam Mayor
End of the Road
Urban Angels
Hustle and Flow Revisited
Urban Angels Revisited
Lame-Duck Hoosier
Chillin' in the Deep Freeze
End of the Eighties
I Lost
Just a Thought
A Good Bet
The Press and the President
Castro
Big Mama
Spring Thaw
Final Bet
The Beginning
Forces of Light
Index

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