What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America

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Anchor Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
From the man who catapulted the Covenant with Black America to number one on the New York Times bestseller list comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonment.

Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in rural Indian, where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. Always an outsider because of his race, economic background, and Pentecostal religious beliefs, he was sustained by his family’s love. But one day his world was shattered when his father brutally beat him, sending him to the hospital and then into foster care for a period of time. In What I Know for Sure, Smiley recounts how he overcame his painful history and became one of America’s most popular media figures.

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PBS host Smiley (Hard Left, 1996) tells his rags-to-riches—or, more precisely, trailer-park-to-television-station—story.Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1964, the author grew up in a large family that ... Read full review

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Host of his eponymous show on PBS, Smiley (Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America ) here collaborates with biographer Ritz (Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

TAVIS SMILEY is the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI (Public Radio International). He is the author of the bestsellers Hard Left, Doing What's Right, How to Make Black America Better, and Keeping the Faith. This spring, his efforts to promote the publication of The Covenant with Black America helped to make it a number-one New York Times bestseller. He lives in Los Angeles.

DAVID RITZ has written biographies of, among others, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and B. B. King. His latest book, Messengers: Portraits of African American Ministers, is being published by Doubleday in 2006.

To see photographs from Tavis's life, as told in What I Know for Sure, and to learn about Tavis's events and the Tavis Smiley Foundation's activities, please visit www.tavistalks.com.

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