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The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A boy grows up just outside of Detroit, Michigan. All he wants is to be a boy who plays hockey (a goalie, no less), likes to box (under the influence of Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson), learns to play jazz piano (under the influence of Art Tatum and Nat “King” Cole), and perhaps find a genuine girlfriend—-but he is inundated, imposed upon—-to his mind—-by stories his par ...more
Paperback, First, 492 pages
Published January 13th 2013
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Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read -
Much more than a family memoir, it is the picture of an inheritance , coming through the years of the
American experience - a picture of a unique family, an ancestry with ties to the likes of Thomas Jefferson,
Mark Twain, John Trowbridge - wars and good times - down to ' Uncle Ferg '- Precious Lanny (brother) ' -
a revered mother and a head-shaker of a father - who philosophized, witted, and did a little soft-shoe in front
of the fireplace on family musical evenings -
Sterling Johnson
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
William Minor's INHERITED HEART: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR takes a candid look at one man's individual journey through nearly eight decades of life. Using historical documents, ancestral correspondence, and numerous photographs, it also draws upon his family's collective journey through 400 years of United States history.

THE INHERITED HEART goes beyond autobiography or history. Like life itself, it's serious, raucous, reflective, dramatic, and often hilarious.

Minor's background is as impressive as
Julie Graham
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a journey! Wiilam Minor takes us through his childhood and early adulthood with passion, compassion and humor. On the surface a startling memoir about the American experience, post war, but in reality a timeless story about childhood and lovely, painful adolescence. Minor's craft is beautiful, his writing poetic and earthy. This is a fun read -- highly recommend!
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Minor's bloodline, Minor's gene's but very much an American Family story. He relates generations of love, triumphs and warmth. As in most families, the warts, scrapes, heartbreak, and skeletons are in full view, too. An engrossing read.
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This colorful life 1 3 Jun 13, 2013 08:02PM  
William Minor was originally trained as a visual artist (Pratt Institute and U.C.-Berkeley), and exhibited woodcut prints and paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and other museums and galleries. His woodcut prints incorporated the text of Russian, Modern Greek, and Japanese poetry--which he also translated.

He began