Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life
Harriet McBryde Johnson's witty and highly unconventional memoir opens with a lyrical meditation on death and ends with a bold and unsentimental sermon on pleasure. Born with a congenital neuromuscular disease, Johnson has never been able to walk, dress, or bathe without assistance. With assistance, she passionately celebrates her life's ri ...more
Everyone should read this book.
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The title is great. I wish I'd thought of it. It is also perfect for this particular group of stories.
Johnson subtitles the book "nearly true tales from a life". The tales are about her life, from early childhood into middle age, as a person with a neuro-muscular disease. She did not want to know specifically which disease, and it didn't matter anyway. The storie ...more
I didn't enjoy this as much as Accidents of Nature. I wasn't that interested in the court proceedings or her run for office; those two stories were, for me, the weakest. Also, her musings about Cuba were bothersome, because she assumes Che Guevara was painted as evil by the US, and wasn't actually a bad guy. Also, she assumes that the economic troubles on the island stem from the US embargo; while that does contribute, the real issue is Castro and his "revolutionary" regime that Johnson almost s...more
I did find her larger than life and somewhat aggressive approach to everything a bit tedious to read sometimes. She rea ...more
McBryde Johnson's humor, Southern charm, wit, and thoughtfulness come through in every page and every sentence as she tells selected tales from her life as a lawyer, a Southern Belle, a woman, and a person with a disability. I could almost instantly relate to her despite not sharing very much of her background. This book reminded me of the kind of person I hope to be and the kind of person who I am glad to have had shape even just a little corner of this world.
This book is an excellent collection of stories from Johnson's incredible life.
Johnson, who was born in eastern North Carolina, lived most of her life in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2002, Harriet Johnson debated Peter Singer, challenging his belief that parents ought to be abl ...more