The actor shares life lessons as imparted to his great-granddaughter, in a collection that touches on such topics as his boyhood memories of the Bahamas, the race barriers of pre-civil rights Hollywood, and his contributions as a diplomat and humanitarian.
Screen legend Sidney Poitier's powerful third memoir is written as series of letters to his great-granddaughter who was born in 2005. He retells the story of his own life, from his idyllic childhood in the Bahamas, to being homeless and destitute in New York City, to becoming Hollywood's first true African-American leading man. With his trademark combination of humility, soft-spoken strength, and controlled outrage, Poitier ruminates on issues ranging from racism to his own unorthodox religious beliefs that fuse Christianity with the voodoo practices he learned in the Caribbean. Throughout the book, he downplays his historical significance, and is more interested in the nuggets of wisdom he has accumulated in his long and dramatic life. A compelling memoir, LIFE BEYOND MEASURE, should have truths to offer to both this generation, as well as the next, and the next.
- Biography + Autobiography, Political Science, Self Improvement, Literary Collections, Family + Relationships, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
- Political Freedom + Security / Civil Rights, General, Spiritual, Parenting / Grandparenting, Civil Rights, Personal Memoirs, Religious
- May 1, 2008
- May 1, 2008
- Sidney Poitier