Brother West

Brother West

Living and Loving Out Loud : A Memoir

Book - 2009
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New York Times#65533; best-selling author Cornel West is one of America's most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West's penetrating brilliance has been a bright beacon shining through the darkness for decades. Yet, as he points out in this new memoir, "I've never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of the dark precincts of my soul."

That is, until now.

Brother West is like its author: brilliant, unapologetic, full of passion yet cool. This poignant memoir traces West's transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon. From his youthful investigation of the "death shudder" to why he embraced his calling of teaching over preaching, from his three marriages and his two precious children to his near-fatal bout with prostate cancer, West illuminates what it means to live as "an aspiring bluesman in a world of ideas and a jazzman in the life of the mind." Woven together with the fibers of his lifelong commitment to the prophetic Christian tradition that began in Sacramento's Shiloh Baptist Church, Brother West is a tale of a man courageous enough to be fully human, living and loving out loud.

Publisher: New York : SmileyBooks ; Carlsbad, CA : Distributed by Hay House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401921897
Branch Call Number: 305.896 W52a 2009
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David
Alternative Title: Living and loving out loud


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May 31, 2011

This book was so good. I read it in a couple days. His memoir is the best book he has ever written. The anaology that he uses referring to his life as a Bluesman ties the book together perfectly. It was nice to see that the man who is so brillant and has so many solutions and accounts on black america, is just like us. Flawed


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