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A Hungry Heart by Gordon Parks
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it was amazing
bookshelves: photography, books-to-pass-on-to-my-children, reviewed
Read 2 times. Last read January 11, 2014 to January 24, 2014.

This is a book I'd been meaning to read for a few months, but when it was mentioned recently in one of my favorite photography podcasts, I decided there was no time better than the present. If you want the short answer on whether this is worth reading, the answer is a resounding yes, immediately! As I'm a hobbyist photographer, I approached this from that angle, and the book truly came alive once Gordon purchased his first camera, as a young man. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but I will say it's almost unbelievable all the things Mr. Parks accomplished and all the people he met and befriended in his time. If you've seen the movie Forrest Gump, Gordon's tales can seem very Gumpesque, only Gordon's are real and even more common, and that's both good and bad, at times. Not to mention that given his brown skin, the era he lived in and the issues he was trying to expose and change with his camera, his real life is far more impressive than any movie character's fictional one could ever hope to be.


My original rating of this book was only 4 stars, because Goodreads doesn't allow half stars, and I wanted to give myself a day or two to think on it, to avoid being a prisoner of the moment. I've done that. I'm not. This is a 4.5-5 star book. Go love it.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
December 2, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
December 2, 2013 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
January 11, 2014 – Started Reading
January 11, 2014 – Shelved
January 11, 2014 –
page 22
6.36%
January 20, 2014 –
page 57
16.47%
January 22, 2014 –
page 124
35.84%
January 23, 2014 –
page 189
54.62%
January 24, 2014 –
page 346
100.0%
January 24, 2014 – Shelved as: photography
January 24, 2014 – Shelved as: books-to-pass-on-to-my-children
January 24, 2014 – Finished Reading
February 2, 2015 – Shelved as: reviewed

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message 1: by Nakia (new)

Nakia Go love it. I like that. lol


Marvin Nakia wrote: "Go love it. I like that. lol"

Lol you should definitely read this, Nakia.


message 3: by Nakia (new)

Nakia Probably won't get to it this year, but I'm doing a few suggested reading blog posts during Black History Month and this sounds like a good one to add to my post dedicated to memoirs and biographies.


Marvin Dope! :)


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