Life Is So Good
In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a 103-year-old slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98, reflects on his life and offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson's description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has always sustained him: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."
John Joseph's life is explained by biographer Richard Glaubman in vibrant, simplistic and very touching ways by a man who has devoted himself to helping others. This is an outstanding memoir, somewhat in the style of The Education Of Little Tree. We not only learn about the ancient trade language of the Mohawk people but also how certain Plains Indian medicine ways were adopted by John later in life. As a medic in the Vietnam War, John Joseph served his country with distinction and then when he was discharged continued to serve others in the capacity of a nurse practitioner in private life. As a lover of animals he tells what it was like to have a porcupine in the family as well as a deer. The reader is permitted to have a window into the the life of a private man who is eloquent, wise and loving to his family and his friends. Most interestingly, in later life, John has spent years caring for vets with PTSD. His unusual insight into what happens to someone whose life has been turned upside by war becomes a paen to innocence, love, and charity in the true sense of the word. Quite simply, this is the moving story of a true healer who blesses others as he heals them with the heart. A fascinating memoir of Mohawk native, John Joseph, who tells how he grew up speaking the ancient "trade language" of his people and living in the wilderness. His story of family, animals, and grandparents is deeply affecting, as is his time in Vietnam as a family nurse practitioner who saved many lives. Co-authored by biographer, Richard Glaubman.
More Than a Book; a Story of Friendship
More Than a Book; a Story of Friendship recounts the story of what happened to George Dawson after his biography, Life is So Good was published. Dawson went on book tour and met people from all walks of life. At age one hundred and two, he traveled by airplane and visited New York, Chicago and Seattle. It was if he entered the twentieth century all at once. And just as George Dawson’s life changed, that was also true for his collaborator, Richard Glaubman. During their time together on their book tour, despite differences in age, race and education, the friendship begun in a humble kitchen in South Dallas grew even stronger.
More Than a Book; a Story of Friendship, is a book for writers. The book details the real process of writing, querying, finding an agent and working with an editor and publisher. Beyond that, it reveals how in today’s literary marketplace, Glaubman and Dawson learned that a writer can’t just leave all the publicity for a book to his publicist, but has to take an active part in promoting the book.
"Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit...The pride in standing his ground is matched-maybe even exceeded-by the accomplishment of (George Dawson’s) hard-won education."
– The Washington Post
"Dawson has become a literary hero, a testament to the power of perseverance."
– USA Today