A Hungry Heart: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, composer, novelist, and memoirist, Gordon Parks has participated in, been witness to, and documented many of the major events in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.

In A Hungry Heart, Parks reflects on the people and events that shaped him: from growing up poor on the Kansas prairie to crisscrossing the country on the North Coast Limited; documenting poverty and injustice in Chicago to doing fashion spreads for Vogue; photographing black revolutionaries to writing, composing the soundtrack for, and directing the Hollywood movie version of his novel The Learning Tree. More than a self-portrait of the artist, A Hungry Heart is a striking account of an American era.

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A very good book for those interested in learning about the film industries as well as the struggles that Gordon Parks went through.He leaves a book also for me to pass down to my family or loved oneshe is definetly aRenaissance Man in my opinion... Read full review

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Read this book a couple of years ago and I am about to read it again. What an amazing life Gordon Parks lived. This is one of those stories that inspires you get out and live your life to the fullest. I'm a better person having read this book.

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About the author (2007)

Gordon Parks's retrospective book of art photography, Half Past Autumn, published in 1997, coincided with an exhibition organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., which traveled in the United States from that year until 2003, and an HBO documentary that aired on November 30, 2000. He has authored numerous books of art, fiction, memoir (including A Star for Noon), photographs, and a CD of his music (2000). He published The Learning Tree, a novel, in 1963, and three previous autobiographies, A Choice of Weapons, To Smile in Autumn, and Voices in the Mirror. He died in March 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

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