This book gives you different outlooks on life. It gives you different backgrounds on people that some may never come across in their life. Ivan’s creative way to incorporate his birthday January 20th, 1969 which happens to be Nixon’s inauguration date spoke volumes in this book. Nixon started the war on drugs. Ivan was a part of a society where he seen both sides of the spectrum. He still had white privilege despite growing up poor. Despite having the odds stacked against him and at times worse than his counterparts. He still realized that he can integrate into society without them knowing his background. I noticed in the book as well that some poor whites still felt they were better than poor blacks. That was base on the language from different characters presented in the book.
We cannot choose our families. Sometimes we are dealt a bad hand in life. It is up to us to see our “favor.” A word used throughout the book on knowing ones purpose in life. That no matter what obstacles are thrown in our way we can defeat them. Ivan you are a survivor and this book of dirty laundry is your truth. Only you know your truth and will truly understand your truth. This book despite the struggle had beauty in it. In the words of J.Cole “There is beauty in the struggle ugliness in the success.” You have seen the beauty in the struggle and the ugliness in success. From being a ward of the state, homeless and poor, poor in the hood, to a corporate man over the course of over 40 years.
I highly recommend this book. I gave this book five stars for a reason. Even if there are grammar issues it did not bother me because this book is real. At times I was like “wow it is crazy what some of us endure in life.” There were moments in the book I laughed because of Ivan’s humor. Some parts of the book I cried and even flinched at the pain. Throughout the book of Ivan’s life I wanted him to keep overcoming. The little moments of the book when he seen favor made me so happy. It goes to show that even in the darkest of nights there is still light.
This book is like no other autobiography I ever read. I will re-read the book because it was that good. I love raw emotional books despite to others who never experience anything in their life might find it “negative” or “depressing.” There is light in this book, those who get it will see it. We sometimes make decisions in our life we know are not good. Everything Ivan that you went through was for a reason. Thank you for allowing yourself to be vulnerable and sharing your dirty laundry with us. I hope that it gives you some peace that you are starting to clean your load. I cannot wait to read more from you. I cannot wait until you do decide to make this book into a film. The strong presence of Nixon and the connection to your upbringing is phenomenal.
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