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Bad Boy: A Memoir
    2017-July-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

《坏男孩回忆录》

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times best-selling author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people.

This memoir begins simply with an account* of Myers’s family history and his boyhood. Vivid detail makes the Harlem of the ’40s come alive, from the music and children’s games to the everyday struggle for survival*.

As Myers grows older, however, his story also grows in complexity*. Soon readers are caught up in his turbulent* adolescence* and his slow, painful development as a writer.

Even while performing poorly in school, the teen read a lot of great works of literature, often in secret. He also wrote, sometimes quitting out of discouragement but always beginning again.

Eventually he attended school less and less often, sometimes fighting roaming gang members or delivering “packages” for drug dealers*. After dropping out of high school, he enlisted in the army. Sadness and bewilderment* infuse these last chapters as Myers faces a bleak future. Intellectually, he’s left his family and friends far behind, but his race and circumstances seem to give him few choices. After years of menial jobs, Myers remembered a teacher’s advice — “Whatever you do, don’t stop writing” — and in time his persistence* paid off.

It is a story full of funny anecdotes, lofty ideals, and tender moments. Young writers will find inspiration here, while others may read the book as a straightforward* account of a colorful, unforgettable childhood. The book is available at online bookstores like jd.com.(SD-Agencies)

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