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The pursuit of happyness
Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe
Adult Nonfiction HG4928.5 .G365 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gardner chronicles his long, painful, ultimately rewarding journey from inner-city Milwaukee to the pinnacle of Wall Street. Born in 1954, he grew up like too many young blacks: poor and fatherless, with a mother strong on children and church, yet soft on men. His violent, hateful stepfather refused to accept Gardner as a stepson and thwarted him at every turn. By his own account, Gardner was a good kid who got into trouble occasionally, but stayed on a steady, upward track. After a stint in the navy, he set his sights on a medical career, but a foray into sales led him to the stock and bond market. Gardner's own weakness was women, and when one of them left him with a son, it led to a period of homelessness on the San Francisco streets. Determination and resourcefulness brought father and son not merely to safety but to the top. Gardner is honest and thorough as he solidly depicts growing up black and male in late 20th-century urban America. His story isn't especially fresh, but his voice is likable, resulting in a quality African-American/business memoir deserving a wider audience than its niche-market elements might suggest. Photos. Ad/promo to coincide with the major motion picture starring Will Smith. (On sale May 23) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this stirring autobiography, written with Troupe (Miles and Me), philanthropist and motivational speaker Gardner (chief executive, Gardner Rich & Co.) recounts his "long walk to Wall Street," a journey that took him from a childhood in the ghettos of Milwaukee to an enormously successful career as a stockbroker in New York City. Having served in the U.S. Navy upon graduating from high school, he was just beginning a training program at a brokerage firm in San Francisco when his estranged wife gave him their toddler son to care for. Because his housing did not allow children, he suddenly found himself homeless-with a toddler. Since he was raised in an abusive home without having known his own father, Gardner vowed always to be there for his son. Moving from one temporary form of shelter to another, Gardner fought to keep his promise and somehow maintain his focus and determination to succeed. Now he is a philanthropist and chief executive of his own multimillion-dollar brokerage firm. This candid memoir is recommended for public libraries and all large autobiography or motivational collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/06; Will Smith and Thandie Newton will star in the feature film based on this book.-Ed.]-Elizabeth L. Winter, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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