Life is So Good

Life is So Good

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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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 144 x 199 x 17mm | 231g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0141001682
  • 9780141001685
  • 79,430

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

Dawson has become a literary hero, a testament to the power of perseverance. --USA Today
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About George Dawson

George Dawson lives in Dallas, Texas.
Richard Glaubman is an elementary school teacher. He lives outside Seattle, Washington.
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4,565 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 41% (1,885)
4 37% (1,692)
3 17% (781)
2 3% (157)
1 1% (50)

Our customer reviews

Sometimes, the people with the least in life actually have the most. If you loved Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, you will enjoy Life Is So Good. It is the inspiring and heart-warming memoir of George Dawson. Who? I hear you ask. George Dawson is a seemingly ordinary 101 year-old man. If you haven't read this book, you've probably never heard of him. That's a pity, because George is quite remarkable. He was born into poverty in 1898, the grandson of slaves. He grew up in the deep south of America at a time when racial discrimination was rife. He never went to school and started working as a young boy to support his family. He worked on farms and in a sawmill and helped to build the railroads and the Mississippi River levees. And he taught himself to read at the ripe old age of 98. In Life Is So Good, George - with the assistance of Richard Glaubman - tells us his life story, provides an eyewitness account of 20th century America and shares pearls of wisdom he gathered along the way, most notably: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better." He's a glass half-full kind of guy. This book is a great pick-me-up. I read it several years ago and I still think of George to this day. It demonstrates the power of the human spirit, the importance of focusing on the positive and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.comshow more
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