From Publishers Weekly
In this affecting follow-up to The Pact
, Davis, Jenkins and Hunt (The Three Doctors as they call themselves) turn from their shared friendship to the more tenuous relationships they shared with their absent fathers. Focusing again on their childhood and youth, they each reflect separately on the effects of growing up fatherless in inner-city Newark, N.J. Whether missing lessons as basic as shaving or tying a necktie or as serious as developing self-confidence, all three conclude that they would have been more prepared for the obstacles they faced growing up if they had had a stable father figure. Instead, they had to turn to the streets for answers, which included distorted views of women and masculinity. The authors offer little new information about growing up without a father. However, some of their suggestions (find a mentor and realize fathering isn't just financial, for example) do bear repeating, and in the context of these three young men's lives, they gain further relevance. The book includes chapters written by the authors' absentee fathers, who, refreshingly, do not make excuses for their shortcomings but give insights into their failures-including their own lack of a father figure-and provide an understanding that humanizes them and enables their sons to forgive them. (Oct.)
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is powerful, candid, straight talk needed to help mend our community fabric and strengthen our family ties. This honest and often poignant testimony from The Three Doctors is potent medicine that will heal and help fortify all readers."
- Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey
"Doctors Davis, Hunt and Jenkins know how vital it is for all children to have relationships with both their father and their mother. Every parent should read THE BOND
because it highlights the power of forgiveness and drives home the fact that it's never too late to be a family."
- Bill Cosby
"The Three Doctors pull no punches when they tell us what it's like to grow up in Newark, N.J, without a father in their lives: I grew up in that neighborhood, too. But they're not complaining. Instead, they did something about it-they reconnected with their fathers. THE BOND is the powerful story of how they did it, and it shows that it's never too late to be a father to your children. This is a book that every father and every family should read and take to heart. It's honest and brave and true."
-Queen Latifah, musician, actress, and author of Ladies First
"There is no shortage of statistics that bear out the anguish and pathology resulting from the absence of fathers in the lives of children, but The Bond
tells a different story. Once again The Three Doctors have illustrated that none of us are bound by our beginnings and ultimately, even for black men, love wins."
-Tavis Smiley, television and radio host, author of What I Know For Sure