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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419657046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419657047
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Just a Season is a thought provoking novel by author, John T. Wills. ...focusing on various topics such as pain, suffering, love and life. The characters and the plot are captured very well. It is very well written from beginning to end. This is one of those books, where you cannot judge the book based on its title and cover." Congratulations well done! -- Afrika Asha Abney

". . . Thank you for your example of tenderness and discipline in what I know is a story of love, delicately shared with readers in a way that says, this life, though brief, is significant. So hold it in highest regard for "the dash" is our legacy to love ones, indeed to the world, which we are blessed to share, albeit, for Just a Season." Excellent! --Sistah Joy, Poet, Cable TV Host

"Wills pulls you in from the very first page... Just a Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn." -- Cheryl Hayes, APOOO Book Club

"Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. I was educated in a way that did not afford me the benefit of truly understanding the significance of the historical events taught from a stand alone perspective. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my "dash"! Excellent -- Tonja Covington

"John T. Wills captures male bonding between generations and lets the reader passively watch as family love and closeness unfold on the pages . . ." Outstanding -- A great read -- Cheryl Robinson, Host and Executive Producer of JustAboutBooksTalkShow.com

"JUST A SEASON is laced with thought-provoking commentary on the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the 1960s, the migration of crack cocaine into inner-city neighborhoods, and a myriad of other ills that have rocked America. This is a very good piece intertwined with several history lessons spanning many decades." -- Dawn Reeves, RAWSISTAZ Book Club

"John T. Wills particulars each notion so eloquently that you feel that you're actually right there with him... this is an inflicting history lesson that I believe all African American males should experience." JUST A SEASON is a pivotal read -- Carmen, OOSA ONLINE BOOK CLUB

"From the first page you are transported into John's world as if you are there and are experiencing it with him. I am amazed at how John is able to use the events of the time to let you know where you are in time. I felt as if I was teleported... his ability to describe what was going on during that time makes me extremely proud of my heritage. You will come away with a feeling of, now I know why that is. I thoroughly enjoyed "Just a Season". - Mia L. Haynes

"Just a Season is a work of love, respect and honor... A book filled with the wonder of life, and the pain and growth encountered in living it." Outstanding! -- Ron Watson, Editor, New Book Reviews.Org

"in the final analysis the tiny little dash represents the whole of a person's life . If someone, for whatever reason, were to tell the story concealed within my dash. What might they say? ". A thought provoking and powerful read that will forever resonate within my soul . . . Speechless . . . Carron --Review Excerpts

What do you see when looking at a tombstone? There is a start date, a dash, and an end date, but what happens in between is the question posed in Just a Season by John T. Wills. Wills feels that your life is defined by the dash. So much has happened to you in your lifetime that only the dash can tell this significant story. This novel is a cross between a history reference guide and a boy's journey to becoming a man. This story takes place in the 1950s' where segregation, discrimination and prejudices were running rampant. Just a Season is a journey through Tucks' life, his love and dedication to his grandfather and family. Showcased are the trials-and- tribulations he faces growing up, and having to help support his family at a young age, to becoming a man and supporting a family of his own.

Just a Season embodied the traits of loyalty, guidance an the understanding of how to handle the pressure of being a young black man in a time when you could get lynched for speaking to the wrong woman, or being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Wills pulls you in from the very first page and takes you step-by-step through the countryside dealing with farm living, to fighting in the war in Japan. I felt like I was there and was learning right along with him as he faced his biggest fears, and tried to defeat those who thought he did not have the courage or experience to become a strong black man in today's society.

Just s Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn.

Reviewed by Cheryl H. APOOO BookClub --Reviewed by Cheryl H. - APOOO BookClub

Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. Having grown up in the north during this same time frame, I was educated in a way that did not afford me the benefit of truly understanding the significance of the historical events taught from a stand alone perspective. The events of slavery, sharecropping, the civil rights movement and the many assassinations of those that challenged the status quo, allowed my eyes to be opened in a way that changes my perception of what being black in America truly means.

The lessons taught by the main characters grandfather are lessons that can benefit all, especially African American men. The reader will be constantly astonished by his fortitude and courage, evidenced by the most powerful lesson shared -"I raised you to be a man. You don't know what you might have to do, but when the time comes - just do it" And he did. with the utmost grace, compassion and fortitude.

I would like to see this book added to history curriculums as mandatory reading so that our youth can have a true understanding of how they've come to be where they are. The gift of this knowledge will surely inspire them to reach for the stars and feel confident that they are capable of overcoming any adversity.

Although I laughed, rejoiced and cried following this man's journey, after all was said and done this book begs the question: What would the people that know you say about your "dash"? Surely John T. Wills "dash" will be one that his granddaddy and his son would be immensely proud of. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my "dash"!

Tonja L. Covington --Tonja L. Covington

About the Author

John Thomas Wills is a husband, a proud father, and a beloved grandfather who believes his achievements resulted from being a benevolent spirit. The author has earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, he has been a professor, a businessman, an author, past officer of several community boards, a volunteer and friend to many. Regardless of the worldly titles given, John prefers to be called a man. Any accolades the author has received he attributes to the teachings and solid foundation provided by a loving grandfather. This great man assertively implanted the concept that knowledge is power, which developed into the understanding that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. This philosophy planted the seeds that cultivated a life, which is “Just a Season.”

More About the Author


John T. Wills, the publisher of the "The John T. Wills Chronicles", is an effective communicator, Public Speaker, Educator, and Businessman. I have earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Art in Business Administration as well. I have been a professor at Sojourner-Douglass College (HBC), Past Board Member of the Bowie State University Foundation, President of JT Wills Consulting, LLC, Past Vice President of the MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the hosts of the Black Empowered Men Radio Show, producer of The Literary Book Tree Radio Show, author of "Just a Season", a Journalist by way the Washington Examiner and as a blogging, supporter of several community organizations, a volunteer and friend to many. Regardless of the worldly titles given, I prefer to be called a man.

Any accolades attributed to me are the result of the solid foundation provided by a loving grandfather. This great man assertively implanted the concept that knowledge is power, which developed into the understanding that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. This philosophy planted the seeds that cultivated a life, which is "Just a Season."

Just a Season is a luminous story into the life of a man who, in the midst of pain and loss, journeys back in time to reexamine all the important people, circumstances, and intellectual fervor that contributed to the richness of his life. This fictional narrative begins with a grief-stricken father visiting the grave site of his beloved son who was killed in a tragic accident; a moment that he and no other loving parent should ever have to face. As he sadly gazes at his son's headstone and reads what is inscribed there, the dates 1981 - 2001 bring about an illuminating discovery.

The tiny dash that separates the years of one's birth and death represents the whole of a person's life. So if this tiny dash were to tell his life's story, what would it say? In Just a Season, the dash of this man's life is revealed and what emerges from the pages of this book is a legacy of true benevolence and grace.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CHayes VINE VOICE on April 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just a Season by John T. Wills

What do you see when looking at a tombstone? There is a start date, a dash, and an end date, but what happens in between is the question posed in Just a Season by John T. Wills. Wills feels that your life is defined by the dash. So much has happened to you in your lifetime that only the dash can tell this significant story. This novel is a cross between a history reference guide and a boy's journey to becoming a man. This story takes place in the 1950s' where segregation, discrimination and prejudices were running rampant. Just a Season is a journey through Tucks' life, his love and dedication to his grandfather and family. Showcased are the trials-and- tribulations he faces growing up, and having to help support his family at a young age, to becoming a man and supporting a family of his own.

Just a Season embodied the traits of loyalty, guidance an the understanding of how to handle the pressure of being a young black man in a time when you could get lynched for speaking to the wrong woman, or being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Wills pulls you in from the very first page and takes you step-by-step through the countryside dealing with farm living, to fighting in the war in Japan. I felt like I was there and was learning right along with him as he faced his biggest fears, and tried to defeat those who thought he did not have the courage or experience to become a strong black man in today's society.

Just s Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself.

I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn.

Reviewed by Cheryl H.

APOOO BookClub
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Robinson on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In Just A Season, we journey through the life of an ordinary man--grief stricken by the death of his son. As he looks at his son's gravestone and sees a name, a beginning date, a dash and an ending date, he realizes that each person's life is defined by "what" the dash holds. Ultimately, he decides to take a serious look at his life's journey. The journey began with a paternal mentor, Granddaddy, who instilled great values and taught extraordinary life lessons to be carried on for generations to come. John's life, one from a different perspective, is an incredible journey of hope, adversity and destiny. This great man assertively implanted the concept that knowledge is power, which developed into the understanding that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair, especially in African American men. This story allows the reader to travel through time reliving a life through the eyes of a gentle soul, who gains much knowledge and great wisdom over time and through events during the last fifty years of his life! John T. Wills captures a male bonding between generations and lets the reader passively watch as family love and closeness unfold on the pages before us--in Just A Season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on June 25, 2007
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JUST A SEASON begins with John Wells at Friendly Church's cemetery,
a place often associated with being the finality in reference to one's life story. We journey back through the 50 years beginning with the Jim Crow days. Readers get a first hand look at discrimination, segregation, anguish, uprising, problems and valuable lessons of what being a man entails.

Even before John Wells was born, his grandfather, Sylvanus Reid, knew that he would be the one to change things. His grandfather believed firmly that faith was being sure of what you hoped for and certain of what you could not see.

Newcomer John T. Willis particulars each notion so eloquently that you feel that you're actually right there with him. While on our expedition, we not only partake in the learning and joys that life has offered him, but we also partake in the lost of his son. John openly shares with readers his pain and how he tries to remain strong through this volatile stage of his life.

No matter where he's been or what he's gone through, John has carried the precious words of wisdom his granddad shared with him. "I raised you to be a man and as a man you have to do what you have to do."

JUST A SEASON is such a pivotal read. I have two sons and this is an inflicting history lesson that I believe all African American males should experience. Best of luck to you with all of your future endeavors Mr. Wells.
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