NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES"Somehow Casey Gerald has pulled off the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time by just looking outside his window and inside himself. Extraordinary." - Marlon James"Staccato prose and peripatetic storytelling combine the cadences of the Bible with an urgency reminiscen...
|Title||:||There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir Reviews
This book really was a very moving book to me. Although we grew up differently in our childhood, me never experiencing the issues of violence, drugs, or poverty at the level that he did, I still really connected with his childhood and the way he grew up. I understand the concerns that he has about the public education system, as well as the authority and their lack of doing anything to help the “forgotten” as he called them. I understand what he means when he explains how the world pushes you to ...more
This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a gay man - it felt very honest and sincere. But ultimately, I felt his writing to be very uneven and I personally do not love stream-of-consciousness type writing. To be honest, what I felt was lacking was a sense of ...more
I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from "rags to riches" is truly astonishing in the way only true stories can be.
The book begins at a religious revival with 12 year old Casey discovering doubt for the first time in his life. He grew up in Texas with a ...more
From page one, it's clear that Casey Gerald has a powerful, affecting, emotional story to tell. A young, black man who grew up poor and ascended through the ranks of elite society; a young, black man whose ascendance was often an act of charity or volunteerism by the folks who helped him along; a young, black man who was gay and saw his sexuality as a hindrance to all the things he wanted in life.
I wanted so badly to connect with his story, as a young, black, gay man myself. But something didn't ...more
I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body type way. He writes about himself with confusion and uncertainty, as if each step in his life is a surprise. Yet this belies how incredibly smart and ambitious he was (is), succeeding with each new phase. I think what ...more
This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, it fit the story well. Gerald was reflective and honest. The only issue I had was the writing wasn't as tight as I would have liked. I look forward to hearing more of what Gerald has to say, I think he has some int ...more
Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry.
I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book to find out the moral of the story (if there is one) because of the coarseness of the narrative and language. It was interesting to hear the lingo of his world.