Life Is So Good

Life is so good Life Is So Good, by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, is a winner of the Christopher Award for Non-Fiction.

In this remarkable book, 103-year-old George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98, reflects on his life and offers valuable lessons in living as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during 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, presidents, and defining moments in history, George Dawson's description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that-through it all-has sustained him: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."

This inspirational autobiography was published in 2000 and received much attention in the national media. Dawson appeared on Oprah and told his story in the June 2001 issue of Guideposts. USA Today remarked that “Dawson had become a literary hero, a testament to the power of perseverance.”

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I hope you will choose this book.

This book sounds quite inspirational - learning to read at age 98! You could do interesting programming along with Washtenaw Literacy if this were selected.

This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. In addition to being inspiring, it is long and deep on historical information that is very hard to get, from the point of view of a southern rural black man living through many historical events and enormous change. I think it is well worth the community's time and consideration.

At the moment, of the three finalists, this is the only book not available in a Kindle edition. Please go to Amazon, find this title, and click on "Tell the publisher, I'd like to read this book on Kindle".

I vote for this one. I've always wanted to read it. Since I'll probably be leading a reading group -- I'll definitely read it.

Choose this book!!!

I think it would be great to read something positive at a time when we're constantly bombarded with gloom and doom from all angles. But that's just me.