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IN BLACK IN WHITE Paperback – March 9, 2012
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"Woody's constant inner monologue and
amazing memory for details makes this
brutally honest book a must read for educators
laboring in urban schools." --Edgar Shockley MFA, Alumni Horae, St. Paul's School
"The self-publishing revolution continues to change the face of publishing in part because of authors like L.T. Woody, whose coming-of-age story, In Black In White, broke barriers when it was reviewed in the Baltimore Sun." (Mister Write: Books, writing, items of literary interest.)
"Even though it's talking about this elite boarding school," he said, "the experience that I am writing about is pretty universal for any kid that goes to a good school, who is a minority someplace and who had to adjust." By Yasmein James, for NewsWorks
From the Author
If you like The Catcher in the Rye, you might like IN BLACK IN WHITE.
While my book is nonfiction, it is an easy "read", and somewhat of a fun romp, sometimes through the eyes of a teenager. It describes how I learned to deal with life at a very elite boarding school, St. Paul's School of Concord, NH, a place that was far outside of my experience as a kid straight out of the "hood", the "real hood". This is a real-life story, none of that "Fresh Prince of Belair" make believe, although I did find that sit-com amusing.
IN BLACK IN WHITE contains many lessons for smart young men and women trying to make something of their lives. All of it told from a thoughtful perspective that makes the two (apparently very different) environments accessible to readers from any background.
That is what I set out to do with this book.
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From Harlem Park in Baltimore and on account of his intelligence he wins a bursary to the elitist life of St. Paul's in New Hampshire - a place of quiet dignity and learning with its dogma of freedom with responsibility. As one of few black boys he makes good friends with the white boys. The author is aware of the fine line to be walked on not wanting to be jeered at by his home town pals 'like those white kids' from St Paul's and losing his identity. This was a bone of contention with one of the black masters. The author draws this out very carefully and finely so that I as reader felt this conflict. I was amazed at his petty thieving, but equally amazed at his telling of it. As his years pass at St Paul's it was a joy to read of his growing inner
confidence. I'm familiar with most of the music influence of that time, so this too was of interest.
After his years at college, the author returned to his home town and describes the eventual breakdown of a once vibrant community. He reflects on his time at St.Paul's and is clear about living his life in black and in white. He felt that he had the opportunity to experience both the best and worst that his country had to offer. He felt a need to give back and in so doing became part of CHOP: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. From there, to a program called Focus on Fathers where mostly poor uneducated black men have no clue as to what opportunities and assistance are available to them'. As such men are willing to fight harder for a place in their children's' lives.
I highly recommend this book. I was entranced throughout.
In its simplest form, Woody's book is an amusing and at times emotional tale. Never sentimental, it makes you laugh and cry. The characters are authentic and imperfect. What makes the book compelling and complex is Woody's natural ability to be IN the story and simultaneously OUT of the story...the struggling protaganist and the invisible, detached narrator. He does this within a single paragraph. Riveting technique.
Deceptively simple, hauntingly complex in the issues he raises, the universal questions he asks. A page turner, a fast read, a book to bring you to a standstill for days afterwards.
I felt a deep connection to issues raised by Warren Farrell, The Myth of Male Power.
The Myth of Male Power