Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life Paperback – Feb. 21 2006
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- ISBN-10 : 9780312425715
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312425715
- Paperback : 272 pages
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.55 x 21.59 cm
- ASIN : 0312425716
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Publisher : Picador; First edition (Feb. 21 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #773,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“There is a small but discrete literature by writers who have experienced personal or family tragedy: William Styron on his depression, Reynolds Price on his paraplegia, Kenzaburo Oe on his brain-damaged son. . . . To read these stories can deepen everyone's humanity. Too Late to Die Young can proudly take its place among these other important books.” ―The Washington Post
“A remarkable portrait of a woman who is proof that the disabled can live lives filled with purpose and pleasure.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Masterfully pace and structured . . . Too Late To Die Young serves as both a memoir and a kind of revolutionary act itself.” ―Mary Johnson, Ragged Edge Online
“Readers inclined to feel sorry for people with disabilities . . . [should] read Johnson's feisty book instead.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Johnson's rich, descriptive writing, humor, and Southern cadence make the book entertaining, thought-provoking, and meaningful.” ―The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)
“She insists on being her own complicated person, a Southern lady, for instance, as well as a socialist, an atheist, a lawyer, and a born storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. . . . But her writing is so vibrant, so interesting, and so funny that you can't help but feel as if you're in her world, sitting beside her and hearing her story for yourself.” ―The Tampa Tribune
“This lady pulls no punches. An entertaining look at an activist who insists on living life her way, disability or no; strongly recommended.” ―Library Journal
“A wonderful mix: a keen mind, exuberance, activist politics, along with a special brand of Southern women's wit.” ―Adrienne Rich
About the Author
Harriet McBryde Johnson has been a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1985. Her solo practice emphasizes benefits and civil rights claims for poor and working people with disabilities. She is the author of Accidents of Nature and Too Late to Die Young.
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I picked up this book on recommendation thinking it would be "important" to read. The title sounded a little too serious for me and yet seemed "important", yet I remembered reading one of these essays before and really enjoying McBryde Johnson's voice.
Right now I am trying to talk about the book but I no longer have it with me--when I read "Too Late to Die Young" what I discovered was Harriet McBryde Johnson's rich rich humour-filled wonderfully strong and human voice...and by human I mean, she lets you in to things that many people keep hidden--her feelings, her doubts, her sometimes brashness and outspokenness, her offense, her bodily and social realities...yet this book seems rooted in McBryde Johnson's humor, delight, and pointed truth-telling.
She talks to the reader as if talking to a friend, a good friend...and one feels glad to be intimately connected (in a way: ) ) to Harriet McBryde Johnson...Enjoy!