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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (June 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595396445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595396443
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kim Crouch is an attorney, and the founder of Life Works Productions, a publishing and production company geared toward the empowerment and uplift of African-American women. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.

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A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kimberley Crouch graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana.

Writing has always been her passion. As an intern reporter for The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Kim researched and wrote about many issues facing urban youth including an in depth look at life in the Blumeyer Housing Projects. In April 2006, Kim created First Generation Publishing, a media company that publishes and markets books that address issues of concern to African-Americans. In June 2006, she published her first book: Mother To Son: Words of Wisdom, Inspiration and Hope for Today's Young African-American Men.

In addition to writing, Kim currently hosts, The Whole Truth, a radio show that discusses legal issues affecting the African-American community. The Whole Truth can be heard every fourth Sunday as part of the Update Show, which airs on WLKF 1430 AM out of Lakeland, Florida.

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In reading "Mother To Son" by Kimberly Crouch, a mother, she provides lessons that will teach, inspire and provide hope for OUR sons.
OOSA Online Book Club
I highly recommend this book for all young men (especially young African-American men), mothers (especially single mothers), educators, and the general public.
George Latimer-Knight
Ms. Crouch has a direct, but simple way of discussing topics that everyone can understand and feel inspired to incorporate into their own lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
As I was reading Mother to Son by Kimberley R. Crouch, I got to thinking how many single mothers we truly have out there. In her book, Crouch shares with readers a number of facts and various situations that will help any mother to raise a son. She gives a number of views by various people that are all encouraging.

I myself have no children, let alone a son. Yet as I reading this, I felt the power and the strength she was conveying to readers. She was real with the experiences she included in the book. I honestly believe that this book will be of great use to not only single mothers, but married mothers as well.

Reviewed by Mashawn

APOOO BookClub
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Latimer-Knight on September 21, 2006
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Crouch's "Mother to Son" will become a classic. Written as a series of letters from a mother to her son, it offers practical advice, hope, and foundational wisdom. She does a great job of interweaving her personal experiences as examples of the larger issues.

Something else noticeable, she mentions an issue in one letter (lesson), then expands on it in the next. This method, even if unintentional, gives the book a unique flow. I could not put it down.

I give it 5/5 stars. Personally, I will give this book as a gift to everyone I know. I highly recommend this book for all young men (especially young African-American men), mothers (especially single mothers), educators, and the general public.
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Kimberly Crouch has indeed written a small treasure with an enormous amount of lifelong wisdom that will help prepare not only African American young males but young females as well for a bright and promising future.

Opening her book with "Know your History" is just one of the many messages the author delivers conveying that knowledge is the safest and the surest emancipation. Too often as parents we neglect to provide necessary information that can strengthen our children; we come from a long line of Kings and our contribution to history is as valid as any other contribution. One of the driving forces of Kimberly's book stresses that our children should always be knowledgeable of the fact that unfortunately racism does exist - sometimes you may be judged by skin color and no other factor. Is life unfair - you betcha, but we have the power and the control as to how we choose to live our lives and how we choose to handle the inequities that do exist.

I loved this book - it's a quick read and a keeper. Each chapter is an affectionate inspirational letter to Kimberly's own sons. Use this book as a guide to constantly reiterate to your children as they are growing that they should always be persistent, remain committed and should never allow anyone to define who they are. One of the most important lessons in the book that even today I keep reminding my own adult children of is to keep a close check on their attitude; it's definitely the one thing you can control and change in a world that does not always provide an equal playing field.

In closing Kimberly reminds us to always keep God first - Lesson eleven is indeed a proverbial message that should always be invoked in everything we teach.

Reviewed by Sharon Haynes
Sisters Sippin' Tea Literary Group, Inc. - Tulsa Chapter
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As a teen, I can recall a show, Know Your Heritage. It came on Saturdays and it was sort of a game show where two schools in or around the Chicago area were quizzed on all things black. I'd sit down and confidently answer some of the questions, while others I'd be amazed to find out were apart of my history and made sure I banked it and researched it in order not to lose it. You'd think growing up in an all black school system in an all black neighborhood meant that I'd be privy to facts about my ancestors, our roots and the fact that we were more than slaves. See how important it is for us, all of us, to educate and be educated on the enormous contributions of African Americans.

In reading "Mother To Son" by Kimberly Crouch, a mother, she provides lessons that will teach, inspire and provide hope for OUR sons. The wealth she espouses includes value, beauty, attitude, inequity, integrity, balance, quantifications, money, peer pressure, education and religion. Unfortunately, the world has gotten colder for our youth, especially OUR African American males. Whether you chose to read this book for you and your sons or for your friends' sons, Mother To Son is a book that should definitely be shared.

Black truly is beautiful and so are you!
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