Life Is So Good by George Dawson

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One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98
“Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.”—George Dawson
In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson’s description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: “Life is so good. I do believe it’s getting better.”
“A remarkable autobiography . . . . the feel-good story of the year.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“A testament to the power of perseverance.”—USA Today
Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
“Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an astonishing and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
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GEORGE DAWSON was born in 1898 in Marshall, Texas. He worked for more than seven decades, breaking horses, driving spikes for the railroad, building levees on the Mississippi, and laboring on farms and in a sawmill. He learned to read in 1996 at the age of ninety-eight, and was soon approached about writing a book. After the publication of Life Is So Good, Dawson settled back into his regular routine of attending adult school classes. He died in Dallas in 2001 at the age of one hundred and three. RICHARD GLAUBMAN is an elementary school teacher in Washington State.

Author Residence: Glaubman: Port Townsend, WA.

Author Hometown: Dawson: Marshall, TX; Glaubman: Dallas, TX
Published May 9, 2000 by Random House. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Almost every chapter begins with Glaubman presenting Dawson with a newspaper clipping or historical fact and asking him to comment on it, despite the fact that Dawson often does not remember or never knew about the event in question.

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Austin Chronicle

George Dawson began receiving media attention when he enrolled in an adult literacy program at a Dallas high school at the age of 98.

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