Letters to A Young Brother

Letters to A Young Brother

Book - 2006
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Offering inspirational advice in a down-to-earth style, this unique compilation of letters provides wisdom, guidance, and heartfelt insight to help the reader chart their own path to success. Based on the author's motivational speaking at inner-city schools across the country, the letters deal with the tough issues that face young people today.

Bombarded with messages from music and the media, Harper set out to dispel the stereotypical image of success that young people receive today and instead emphasizes alternative views of what it truly means to be a successful male, such as educational and community achievements and self-respect. Intended to provide this frequently regarded "lost generation" of young men with words of encouragement and guidance, Harper's deep-rooted passion regarding the plight of today's youth drove him to write this book, sure to change the lives of readers for years to come.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781592402496
Branch Call Number: 170.8421
Characteristics: xvi, 173 p., [8] p. of plates : ports. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.


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japheth.wright Feb 29, 2012


Jan 16, 2010

Hill Harper is an actor, but he is so much more. A classmate of Barak Obama's at Harvard Law, he is also a motivational speaker who spends his free time talking to high school students about making the right decisions.

He has written this book for the young men he speaks to all over the US as a series of letters. In each one he answers a fictional question from his "young brother", dispensing advice on how to cope with things like girl problems, school issues and money. The book also includes advice from other prominent African-American stars that Harper has asked to contribute.

The book is eminently readible and appealing to the teens to whom Harper is trying to talk. His conversational style makes him seem like an older brother dispensing advice. He is also not afraid to show emotion, although at times this can come off as a little artificial.

Still, I would buy this for the young man in your life.


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