What I Know For Sure
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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WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE: My Story of Growing Up in AmericaUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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
What I know for sure: my story of growing up in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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