By George Dawson
One man’s outstanding trip during the 20th century and the way he realized to learn at age 98
“Things could be o.k.. humans have to pay attention that. lifestyles is sweet, simply because it is. There isn’t whatever i'd switch approximately my life.”—George Dawson
during this extraordinary booklet, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who realized to learn at age ninety eight and lived to the age of 103, displays on his lifestyles and stocks invaluable classes in dwelling, in addition to a clean, firsthand view of the United States in the course of the complete sweep of the 20 th century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s impossible to resist voice and think about of the area, supplying insights into humanity, historical past, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in heritage, George Dawson’s description and overview of the final century conjures up readers with the message that has sustained him via all of it: “Life is so sturdy. I do think it’s getting better.”
WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD
“A striking autobiography . . . . the feel-good tale of the year.”—The Christian technological know-how Monitor
“A testomony to the ability of perseverance.”—USA Today
“Life Is So stable is approximately personality, soul and spirit. . . . The delight in status his flooring is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
“Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an wonderful and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
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I held the door so it close quietly. I took a few stairs actual fast and braced myself at the final one. I tossed my bedroll after which took an outstanding bounce to transparent the railroad ties, but if I hit the floor there has been an exceptional slope to it. I misplaced my footing and rolled a couple of times prior to I landed on my abdominal. I grabbed at a few clumps of grass, yet didn’t rather cease sliding until I hit the ground of the hill. irrespective of, i used to be in Tennessee, one other new nation, and issues used to be taking a look strong. … from Pittsburgh down the Ohio and Mississippi they send their structural metal and different items. a lot iron pipe for the Oklahoma and Texas oil fields is introduced out this manner and hauled from New Orleans on sea barges to the railroads at Houston and Beaumont. —National Geographic, November 1927 “They speak about what they’ll do with this river. … permit me let you know whatever. This river is the god and grasp of all this state. It’s been the following 10,000 years, and it’ll be the following much longer. They’re fooling themselves in the event that they imagine they’ll do whatever with out its say-so. ”—Lifetime employee at the Mississippi —National Geographic, August 1983 Handing me a few magazines, Richard acknowledged, “Since you labored at the levees, i presumed you want to see those. ” there have been nationwide Geographics, previous ones. each one journal had a bookmark at a piece of writing in regards to the Mississippi River. Ships like I take note have been within the images. males like me have been engaged on the shore. It introduced me again alright. “Yeah, son, this seems beautiful with regards to the way it was,” I acknowledged. “You keep in mind the levees? ” “Sure, I be mindful, Richard. I have in mind from the 1st second I bought off in Tennessee. i will inform you approximately it if you would like. ” The teach had began and that i waited for it to go ahead of I scrambled again as much as get my bedroll, which obtained caught in a few trees approximately midway down. It wasn’t that lengthy of a hill, however it was once steep. while I stuck as much as my bedroll, I sat right down to trap my breath. There were a gentle noise of the engine and the rolling at the tune that I hadn’t even spotted. yet now that the educate was once long gone, there has been a robust silence that settled alongside the tracks within the moments ahead of the songbirds picked up. i used to be excessive sufficient to get a few view. It appeared strong great to a boy from Texas. Being springtime, the leaves have been out and the woods stretched so far as i'll see. i used to be simply excessive sufficient to seem over them and spot the Mississippi. From the place I sat, it seemed flat. At that time, it used to be mammoth and extensive, however it was once a wandering each which manner. Small arms of it'll run off track and basically stopped after they hit a few better floor. Even from there, i'll see that during a wet spring, that outdated river would truly select its personal course. there has been not anything to forestall it. It used to be a gorgeous river simply within the approach it was once. God had performed an excellent task whilst he equipped the Mississippi and there may be no method to enhance on what nature had performed. As humans, we're simply too small. That’s what i do know 80 years later. yet being twenty-one and loose and simply filled with myself, i presumed, it’s a great factor I’m the following.