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Dear Marcus: Speaking To The Man Who Shot Me Paperback – September 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440155496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440155499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,602,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on November 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This memoir is unlike any other I have ever read. McGill's writing style, perhaps influenced by his theater career, often reads like a play, with dramatic entrances and exits, smoothed by the seamless transition of a wounded adolescent growing into his own and rather unique manhood. McGill is a bold man, and a bold author. His tone ranges from playful and downright funny, to brutally honest and "real", in a street sense. His conversation with "Marcus" is an intimate one, that takes him through a range of emotions and memories, throughout which the bullet in his back and the faceless, nameless man who sent it never quite takes the reins, as McGill stays center stage.

As he walks us through the events of his life, one can't help but notice that his optimism, his faith, his desire not only to see goodness but to live it, is obviously authentic. Regardless of who you are, and what your experiences have been, this is the kind of book that you will relate to, and it will leave you feeling good about life, with a better understanding of how and when we get to choose what should happen next, or don't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen A. Conley on December 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jerry McGill has written a very intelligent memoir. This book can be enjoyed by most every reader and the reader does not have to worry that it will fall into the sappy, sensational or over exploited genre. Jerry takes us through the years when, he was arbitrarily shot, paralyzed and then left to deal with his narrow options. The shooting was so motiveless that Jerry ponders about the gun man and names him Marcus. By the end of the book, Marcus is the one we should pity for his limited life. Jerry was born to a teenage mother who tries her best, while living in the projects. In the best of times, Jerry would have had to use all his intelligence to gain entrance to the middle class life that those who have the good fortune to be born into it most likely take for granted.. Like good writers anywhere, he mines the events and situations digging deep without wallowing in self pity and along the journey, he gives the reader a good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on December 8, 2010
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Jerry's writing and story bring out every emotion in the reader. His detail, kindness and even humor paint a canvas of a touching story written from the heart. Jerry is a truly gifted writer and shares the deepest aspects of a terrible tragedy. A must read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jet on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Jerry McGill is gifted with the written word. Unfortunately, violence has many fists and I too got hit at an early age. Jerry generously shared his intimate process so that many of us who wear the scars of a violent society can find more reason to keep pushing on and find more ways to move from survive to thrive. Thank you Jerry, I have a new fire in my heart.
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