Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a Memoir

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jan 19, 2011 - 396 pages
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New York Times best-selling author Cornel West is one of America's most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West's penetrating brilliance has been a bright beacon shining through the darkness for decades. Yet, as he points out in this new memoir, ''I've never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of the dark precincts of my soul.That is, until now.Brother West is like its author: brilliant, unapologetic, full of passion yet cool. This poignant memoir traces West's transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon. From his youthful investigation of the ''death shudder''to why he embraced his calling of teaching over preaching, from his three marriages and his two precious children to his near-fatal bout with prostate cancer, West illuminates what it means to live as ''an aspiring bluesman in a world of ideas and a jazzman in the life of the mind.''Woven together with the fibers of his lifelong commitment to the prophetic Christian tradition that began in Sacramento's Shiloh Baptist Church, Brother West is a tale of a man courageous enough to be fully human, living and loving out loud.
 

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User Review  - Jaw1LA - LibraryThing

I would love to dialogue with this brother. He speaks from his heart with love and passion. Much of what he says accurately reflects my experience as an African American in America. I think he must be ... Read full review

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User Review  - pinkcrayon99 - LibraryThing

I was on edge to get this book and I was not disappointed! I am a HUGE fan of Cornel West! Whenever I hear him I'm always in awe. His memoir is truly and inspiration. The focal points of West's life ... Read full review

Contents

ON THE MOVE
3
JANUARY 1 1961
12
MY CHANGE
28
THE BRIDGE
36
CURVE BALLS
42
NEGATIVE CAPABILITY
53
A PHILOSOPHER WITH A ALBERT EINSTEIN AND MALCOLM X
64
LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN ANDOR
102
MESSINWITH THEWRONG BROTHER
291
WOMB TO TOMB
302
DEATHTAXESAND LOVE
314
TEACHABLE MOMENTS
320
YOU ARE LOVED
332
GRATITUDE
343
OUR COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT
355
FRONTCOVER FLAP
363

DAVID HUME AND ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER IN
109
THE MOST PASSIONATE LOVE
283

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Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

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