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In Life Is So Good, read by Emmy Award nominee LeVar Burton, George Dawson shares his unique wisdom about survival, joy, people, and the hidden beauty of growing old. Now 101, he has witnessed a century of change. We hear the history of America as seen through his eyes - race relations in the South, the World Wars, the invention of the automobile, and other historic events. Though he was only eight years old when he left home to work on a white family's farm, he took with him his parents' positive outlook - based on appreciating what he had, the wise observance of others, and common sense. Dawson's story offers a moving prescription for a satisfying and meaningful life.
©2000 by Richard Glaubman (P)2000 by Audio Literature

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One of my favorites!

George Dawson spent the first 98 years of his life unable to read and signed his name with an X. He kept it a secret for years. At 98, George decided to attend Adult Education Classes to learn how to read. I didn't want to miss a single word of this sweet story because it could be a life lesson. Who wouldn't be inspired? LeVar Burton's beautiful narration was the icing on the cake. George Dawson lived to be 103 and learned to read. I found myself wondering if I could ever do the same at half that age. My only complaint is that the audio book was abridged. I hope the publishers eventually offer an unabridged version because I'd buy it too. This one is a keeper!

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everyone should read this!

What did you love best about Life is So Good?

George has so many experiences that he recalls in this book, due to his long life, he lived through much of American history. Listening to this is like having a grandparent tell you stories of when they were young, except most grandparents didn't go through so much. EVERYONE could learn from George's simple advice. Do read this, you won't regret it.

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It was so good.

What does LeVar Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was very persuasive. Because of Levar's believability, I almost thought the author was also the narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed AND cried.

Any additional comments?

It gave me a glimpse of what life was like for some people during the past years. I was amazed at the memory and the unending endurance and optimism of George Dawson. It was truly inspiring.

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Life is so good

I enjoyed this book and the tales of wandering around the US by rail. Nice, light and very enjoyable book.

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  • Amy
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 05-07-09

Read and reread

I purchased the book and now I have it via audible to listen over and over again. Highly recommend

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  • Daniel
  • PORTER RANCH, CA, United States
  • 01-03-19

A must read!

This book hits on two main themes: 1-Keep life simple, 2-Be grateful for the part you get to play. What a wonderful living example of how to be as a person and how to feel in terms of one's attitude about life. LaVar Burton is a wonderful narrator also.

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Amazing!

What an incredible book. In his 102 years he’s been through so much and yet, instead of complaining, he’s grateful for it all. What a powerful lesson for us all.

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  • Jax
  • WESTLAND, MI
  • 03-06-18

great real life story 😀🔥 life so good or is it

First of all I love the narrator shot out to him good book life is so good. I think life is strange

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Not enough chapters

Did have all the chapters this stopped at chapter 8 but the book goes to chapter 24

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Just keep it simple and have gratitude

What a wonderful story and disposition to aspire to. A road to happiness. A great outlook on life that I feel I can learn from. Well worth the read / listen!