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X: A Novel

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Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

I am Malcolm.
I am my father's son. But to be my father's son means that they will always come for me.
They will always come for me, and I will always succumb.

Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's nothing but a pack of lies - after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer.

But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory when what starts as some small-time hustling quickly spins out of control. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he's found is only an illusion - and that he can't run forever.

X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

©2015 Ilyasah Shabazz, original book published by Candlewick Press (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    jeff 06-29-15
    jeff 06-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very well written"

    Even though I assumed I knew the story of Malcolm X, the way this story was told made it all seem new and exciting all over again. I listened to the entire book in just two settings and am now prepared to listen again along with my children.

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    Bina R. 07-30-16
    Bina R. 07-30-16
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    "The fight goes on."

    Loved hearing about the young Malcom X from the perspective of his daughter. It seems to me the Black mans struggle to be seen and treated equally continues.

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    Deangelo 04-27-16
    Deangelo 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    I so wanted to love this acclaimed book. The story of young Malcolm Little is indeed captivating and I enjoyed the way the authors depicted in his struggle against accepting his best self/the man and leader he was destined to me. It is definitely a book to get into the hands of young adults, but I struggled to connect with the writing itself. For me, it was too long in many parts and the dialogue was a little cheesy. The author's note and historical appendices were some of my favorite parts. 2.5 stars

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