Life Is So Good

Life Is So Good

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One man's extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98

"Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn't anything I would change about my life."--George Dawson

In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave's grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson's description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."


"A remarkable autobiography . . . . the feel-good story of the year."-- The Christian Science Monitor

"A testament to the power of perseverance."-- USA Today

" Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched--maybe even exceeded--by the accomplishment of [George Dawson's] hard-won education."-- The Washington Post

"Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an astonishing and unforgettable memoir."-- Publishers Weekly

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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House, 2013.
Edition: Random House trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780812984873
Branch Call Number: DAWSON DAW
Characteristics: ix, 269 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Glaubman, Richard


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Jan 07, 2014

I approached this book with a little trepidation thinking it would be a bit sugary after reading the blurb. I am happy to say I was mistaken. A gentle narrative that takes you along like a slow lazy sunday. And what a story. George is 103 and his life spanned three centuries. He is humble, insightful, compassionate with a wry sense of humour at his rather long and, what he considers to be, an uneventful one. It is anything but.

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2013

"A man who learned to read when he was ninety-eight recalls the early hardships of his life, shares his memories of segregation, and discusses his philosophical observations." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter

Jan 29, 2013

This is one of the most inspirational books you'll ever read. Do yourself a favour and read this book! ;)

Sep 08, 2012

This book reminded me to be thankful of everything I have, not to judge others, not to complain, and how far you can get if you just shut up and work hard. It was an amazing and incredibly interesting book

Aug 22, 2012

I read this for a book club. Good book, but seemed to rush through several decades, while spending chapters on a single event/time.

Jun 22, 2012

George Dawson lived a full life and never found the time to learn to read until he was 98 years old. He passed away in 2001 at the age of 103 years (born 1898). His outlook on life was always positive - work hard, be good to people, and steer clear of trouble. He never cared for coffee, preferring hot chocolate as a daily drink. The book is an easy-flowing account of his life and his philosophy that you accepted what came your way and took the good out of it. Hard work was its own reward. His appeal was such that over the course of his life he had and outlived four wives.

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