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Survivor I Changed the Rules Part 1 available via kindle
Therone Shellman the elder of four children who were taken away from their mother when he was four and thrown into the NYC foster care system. In and out of different homes he and his sister went. He was a child thinking about adult issues like survival and having to look out for his younger sister. At the age of fifteen dissatisfied with the dysfunctional parents who adopted them both, and a school system he felt was biased he turned his back on both and sought the streets. From hustling at fifteen, to pulling stick ups at sixteen, Shellman found himself at the age of seventeen being sentenced to ‘four to twelve” years in prison.
In an honest and brutal way Shellman tells his life story from a powerless child to a power crazed and misdirected youth, survival of the fittest on the streets and in some of the roughest prisons in New York State. Throughout the story you witness his search for self peace and spiritual growth as he sought to balance his troubled life which would ultimately lead him through real life threatening situations where by chance and a little wit he would overcome time and time again. And finally some way some how an awakening rose up within him to change his life and write stories which would help others.
"Survivor" I Changed the Rules is not just a memoir or biography, it is a testament about how strong the human spirit is and the ability within all of us to rise above the chains which imprison us.
In a moment of pique and frustration Virginia wrote an open letter to Oprah, and shared it with a few writer friends who are going through the same thing we are. Now the letter has started to go viral--getting a lot of repostings and inclusions in blogs, newsletters and on Facebook, so in case you hadn't seen it, we wanted to share our plight, the plight of many black authors with you, readers who have supported us all these years. http://twomindsfull.blogspot.com.
In reality Oprah is just a metaphor--a name that might get this subject the attention it deserves. Because when you have a publication like Library Journal listing their 31 Best Books of 2009 http://ow.ly/HDU7 and the "genre" fiction list includes Street Lit --8 books but no category for contemporary African American writers, we are really in trouble.
We are trying to encourage diversity in reading--we believe books should be windows, not just mirrors...
Hey Ms. Johnson
I picked up The Quickie at the book store this past weekend. I plan to read it soon. Will let you know what I thought. I just finished No More Good, Make It Hot and Victoria's Secret. I thought all were good in their own way. What are you reading at this time?