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Image credit: Casey Gerald discusses his work on the History and Biography Stage of the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by David Critics/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20190831DC0180.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899251

Obras de Casey Gerald

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1987-01-06
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA

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DNF. Couldn’t get into this memoir.
 
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eringill | outras 7 resenhas | Dec 25, 2022 |
"From poor black neighborhood to the Ivy League" is a well trodden redemption memoir path. Good thing Casey Gerald didn't take it. Yes, the ingredients are there: poverty, drugs, mental illness, racism, and football (in Texas). Plus, Gerald is gay. What makes it work is that he has an unusual level of self awareness and a really delightful sense of humor. I hate to use "insight" to review a memoir (naturally, I'm using it anyway) but he's able to connect his family experiences to the big picture.

This isn't a full on, poverty porn confessional, and I don't hold that against him. He's definitely omitted some details (fine with me). The memoir mainly stops after college graduation, which is a bit of a shame; I would have liked to have heard what he thought of his time at Harvard Business School. I also think he downplayed his academics a little bit. I don't think he waited until he was nearly done with Yale to actually read books, football player or not.

I'm curious to see what he goes on to do, and if he writes anything else, because he has talent.
… (mais)
 
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arosoff | outras 7 resenhas | Jul 11, 2021 |
I came to this book because I heard an episode of The Nod podcast called How to Make Free People. They interview Casey Gerald and I was so drawn in by his voice and his take. The book didn't land as well for me. The message is harsh but sort of hopeful a little bit. Gerald's voice in the book is really stream-of-consciousness and I found it hard to follow sometimes.
I was more moved by his Ted Talk, The Gospel of Doubt. It's possible that as a white person, the Ted Talk format is just more comfortable for me (that's kind of a joke). Either way, I think this message is really important, that even if you win the American Dream you're not really winning if you're black (or gay or any other minority group). You're just being used as a tool to keep everyone else from revolting. If you couldn't make it through this book, please listen to the podcast or the Ted Talk or seek him out some other way!… (mais)
 
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katebrarian | outras 7 resenhas | Jul 28, 2020 |
This book should be getting more attention.
 
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jostie13 | outras 7 resenhas | May 14, 2020 |

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Obras
1
Membros
223
Popularidade
#100,550
Avaliação
½ 3.5
Resenhas
8
ISBNs
11

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