Inspirational! This novel should be mandatory reading for those desiring to read in prison. You can hear Booker T in every word! Not often does a reader get to hear an author’s voice throughout the entire book, and in this one, you’re in for a treat. Great drama wrapped with Booker T’s reasoning combine to illustrate how Booker T gains his wisdom and insight. Mr. Wright deftly scores kudos for his ability into getting this story into print as well!
Booker T’s story starts at the beginning of his life with his parents and his siblings. Just before his first birthday, Booker T’s father dies and his mother goes to work. For many years she worked at night while the kids went to school. This continues until his mother gets injured and eventually dies. At that point, Booker T’s life slowly starts to unravel.
When Booker T is set adrift at thirteen, he is forced to make his way into the world learning from his siblings. If it was not for his ability to learn to adapt to his surroundings, Booker T’s life could have been cut short. Instead, Booker T evolves into a criminal and is sent to prison. At this point, most people would give up and not realize the opportunities that abound in prison, not Booker T. When the opportunity to go to school comes along, he takes it. As for his first job, out in the fields, Booker T takes the time to use his social skills his mother taught him.
Highly educational, entertaining, and straight off the cuff. This leaves the reader wanting to know more; I cannot wait to read their next book! Booker T is a book with positive life-affirming lessons and explanations. Seldom is a prison book open for the reader to not only glean kernels of truth, but the realities of disappointment are also open for the reader to learn.
A spirited tale of redemption from a seemingly insurmountable life of tragedy and crime, this first autobiography of professional wrestler and TV commentator Booker T. Huffman details his life before celebrity status in the ring. Beginning with Booker T's single-parent upbringing after the passing of his father, this powerful account reveals the gritty reality of his formative years—from the gruesome accident Booker T witnessed at the age of 13 that led to his mother’s death and his subsequent life of abject poverty as an orphan in urban Houston to years of reckless drug use, dealing, and violence that culminated in a five-year prison sentence for robbery. With engaging candor Booker T writes of his refusal to allow his years of crime to cloud his future and his decision to take responsibility for his life and make a positive impact in his community. This intimate profile chronicles his transition from absentee father to locating his child in foster care and taking custody; events that led Booker T to pursue a better life and a career with the WWE by attending World Wrestling Alliance training camp. It also sheds insight into Booker T's relationship with his seven siblings, including his brother and eventual tag team member Lane "Stevie Ray" Huffman.