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Life is So Good

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What makes a happy person, a happy life? In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a 101 year old man who learned to read when he was 98, reflects on the philosophy he learned from his father, a belief that "life is so good" as he offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century. Born in 1898 in Marshall, Texas, the grandson of slaves, George Dawson tells how his father, despite hardships, always believed in seeing the richness in life and trained his children to do the same. At ninety-eight, George decided to learn to read and enrolled in a literacy program, becoming a celebrated student. In Life Is So Good, he shares wisdom on everything from parenting ("With children, you got to raise them. Some parents these days are growing children, not raising them") to attitude ("People worry too much. Life is good, just the way it is"). Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Ana H
by Ana H on Oct 20, 2011

Worth reading. It's a wonderful look at everyday happenings thru the eyes of someone who has lived so long and appreciates so much. More


A Must Read

by katymontrose on Jun 30, 2011

This book joins the list of my all-time favorite reads. As an avid reader for over 53 years, that's my highest recommendation for a book. The story was touching and inspirational. The way Mr. Dawson slyly taught Mr. Glaubman so many life lessons was amazing. The book had me taking a look at my own ... More

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The Lessons I Learned From George Dawson

by The Pageturner on Apr 30, 2011

On the second day of my Easter break (April 22, 2011), my 30 year old cousin died of cancer. After his mother had died suddenly last year, his body and spirit seemed to break down and follow her path. I only met him once, at age eight and didn't know too well except that he is my blood uncle's son. ... More


An eye opening read.

by JenBrocato on Dec 27, 2009

I found this book appealing because the main character was born the same year as my white great-grandmother, and I thought of the disparity between their two lives. As a country, we should not forget where we have come from and this story tells part of our past. The story is not preachy, but lovingly ... More


Great Book!

by wfjorgen on Mar 19, 2009

This book is a very well written memoir. It reminds the reader that it is the basic things which give true meaning to our lives--family, faith, good health, and hard work. The shifts between the past and the present are woven together seamlessly, enabling the reader to be immersed in the story and ... More

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