Born Bright

Born Bright

A Young Girl's Journey From Nothing to Something in America

Book - 2016
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"Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life..."So begins C. Nicole Mason's compelling memoir, which gives us a rare insider's look into the lives of the American poor. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a 16-year-old single mother who dropped out of high school. From wondering where her next meal would come from to learning the deadlines for college entrance exams by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino high school, Mason describes in vivid detail the chaos, failing systems, isolation, and violence that make the American Dream out of reach for so many. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make poverty nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many-that the poor don't help themselves enough. In truth, the convoluted, bureaucratic lattice of societal rules that govern everything from education to criminal justice is structurally impenetrable by the poor. With first-hand experience learning these rules for herself, Mason illuminates the sheer fortitude that it takes to navigate systems designed only for the success of the few. This book will change how you see the poor.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2016
ISBN: 9781250069924
Branch Call Number: BIO MASON NICO Maso
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2017

I was disappointed in that the author didn't really detail how she got to become a published author as I thought that would be helpful to anyone wanting to get beyond their upbringing and community. I am grateful that I did have my parents to help me get through school and pattern behavior necessary to succeed in work life. I regret that with the current President and administration we are going backwards instead of forwards in helping people who aren't in the top 1%.

This book is so beautiful :') EXACTLY the kind of book I need and want! Everyone needs to read this even just a little bit.


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