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"You can almost feel a shudder when Mr. Woody describes his neighborhood changing, virtually overnight, as dopers and dealers become commonplace." -- Baltimore Sunpapers columnist Dan Rodricks


"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470144344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470144340
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,548,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Black In White is an engaging read. I got absorbed from the first page to the last. Larry Thomas Woody tells his story so vividly that, despite never being to the US, I feel like I know Harlem Park, Dartmouth College and St. Paul's School. The author takes the reader through an entire life's journey. Consequently the reader goes through a variety of emotions, including sadness, sympathy, amusement, joy, disapproval and approval. Most important of all for me are two themes. One is the story of ordinary people amazingly coping in a hopeless situation - their sheer courage and resilience. The other one is the importance of believing in people's potential, and then helping to develop it. In this regard the book shows that there is hope for humanity, as there are people who, like Ms Fing, are kind and caring. In Black In White has inspired me; it has shown me that there's always room for making life worth living.
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Larry T. Woody, born in the fifties, has created a masterpiece of simplicity and complexity. IN BLACK IN WHITE (not sure why the cover is RED)is a linear tale of his upbringing in a poor black neighborhood in Baltimore and his journey to an all male Episcopal boarding school, St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1968 American society was breaking up and minorities, including girls, were entering the established bastions of male learning: Ivy League colleges, elitist East Coast prep schools. As controlled as the educators tried to make the process, much was experimental and everyone was finding a new path.

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
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Easy to read and a glimpse of the times. Would like to see a follow up of the author's life since this book.
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