There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES "Somehow Casey Gerald has pulled off the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time by just looking outside his window and inside himself. Extraordinary." - Marlon James "Staccato prose and peripatetic storytelling combine the cadences of the Bible with an urgency reminisc NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES "Somehow Casey Gerald has pulled off the most urgently politic...

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Title:There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir
Author:Casey Gerald
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0735214204
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir Reviews

  • Misha
    Nov 28, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

  • Sarah
    Dec 24, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

  • Mehrsa
    Oct 11, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 29, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

  • Canadian Reader
    Dec 21, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

  • Yvonne
    Oct 22, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

  • Maria Elena
    Jan 04, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

  • Teresa
    Aug 13, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

  • Sarah Macdonald
    Dec 06, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

  • Germaine Irwin
    Oct 25, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

  • Grady McCallie
    Jan 19, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

    The first three-quarters of this memoir reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy, although this is better written. But both books are coming-of-age memoirs by men from challenging backgrounds who have less perspective than they think, show a backhanded empathy for folks from their original commu...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 02, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

  • Ginny Snowden
    Jan 18, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

    The first three-quarters of this memoir reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy, although this is better written. But both books are coming-of-age memoirs by men from challenging backgrounds who have less perspective than they think, show a backhanded empathy for folks from their original commu...

    Every page of this book had me sucking in my breath. Gerald is a beautifully complex writer. This work feels unfinished and raw at points, and poetic and perfect at others. For me, it worked. I felt incredibly close to the author and his life in a way that it is not always so easy to a...

    This book is scary honest, because it deals with the less-than-honest in us all, as well as loneliness and the struggle to find a place in the world where we fit. And I am not doing his book justice. I was hooked after I heard Casey Gerald speak for 30 seconds--he was being intervi...

  • Caroline (readtotheend on IG)
    Jan 16, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

  • Cherise Wolas
    Oct 12, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

  • Angie
    Dec 06, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

  • Jeffrey Jenkins
    Dec 29, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

  • Sarah
    Jan 10, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

  • Tina Panik
    Jun 09, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

  • Lily
    Oct 30, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

  • Jefferey Spivey
    Jan 20, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

    The first three-quarters of this memoir reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy, although this is better written. But both books are coming-of-age memoirs by men from challenging backgrounds who have less perspective than they think, show a backhanded empathy for folks from their original commu...

    Every page of this book had me sucking in my breath. Gerald is a beautifully complex writer. This work feels unfinished and raw at points, and poetic and perfect at others. For me, it worked. I felt incredibly close to the author and his life in a way that it is not always so easy to a...

    This book is scary honest, because it deals with the less-than-honest in us all, as well as loneliness and the struggle to find a place in the world where we fit. And I am not doing his book justice. I was hooked after I heard Casey Gerald speak for 30 seconds--he was being intervi...

    From page one, it's clear that Casey Gerald has a powerful, affecting, emotional story to tell. A young, black man who grew up poor and ascended through the ranks of elite society; a young, black man whose ascendance was often an act of charity or volunteerism by the folks who helped h...

  • Hayley Stenger
    Dec 10, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

  • Sonora Taylor
    Jan 09, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

  • Brady Jones
    Dec 09, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

  • Leigh
    Jan 08, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

  • Dr. Van
    Jan 02, 2019

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

    The first three-quarters of this memoir reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy, although this is better written. But both books are coming-of-age memoirs by men from challenging backgrounds who have less perspective than they think, show a backhanded empathy for folks from their original commu...

    Every page of this book had me sucking in my breath. Gerald is a beautifully complex writer. This work feels unfinished and raw at points, and poetic and perfect at others. For me, it worked. I felt incredibly close to the author and his life in a way that it is not always so easy to a...

  • Bryna Zumer
    Nov 27, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Oct 26, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

  • Diamond
    Dec 15, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...

    I was asked to read this ARC/memoir for an honest review. It is already receiving notable buzz from many reliable, reputable sources - Lissa Muscatine (One of the owners of Politics & Prose) and Colm Toibin (Author) to name two. And, the true life story of Casey Gerald's rise from ...

    This is an interesting memoir, to be sure, and Gerald's voice can be so clear and rallying in one section and muddied and herky jerky in others. (He also mentions his own name waaaay too much throughout the book.) In a year in which Educated came out, I realize how much narrative style...

    Gerald's life has been extraordinary in many ways, from his often absent parents during childhood to his days playing football for Yale to his work in a think tank in DC. This memoir comes across as an exercise in radical honesty, a reworking and fact checking of the stories he's told ...

    I came into this knowing nothing of Casey Gerald. Listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It?s interesting to read the varying reviews of his literary voice, which I absolutely loved. Humble (in a self-deprecating way), honest, and refreshingly humorous. While one might ...

    This is not a story, and it?s not a lecture: It?s a lesson. Gerald?s autobiography sheds light into the diametrically opposed natures of our society through lenses of race, class, gender/sexuality, generations, religion, and regionalism. It is, at its core, an indictment of p...

    I just couldn't get into this one. ...

    I think this is a fabulous book, a life so far lead with no shortage of problems, na´vetÚ, desire, strength, foolishness, and enlightenment- just like many of us and also very different from many of us. He shows us his path without judgements (except for himself) and thus shows us a ...

    Many would classify Gerald's life as a miracle or success story, but from his own account in There Will Be No Miracles Here, his story is quite the opposite. Born to a father whose journey took him from rags to riches, from star athlete to drug addict and convicted felon, Gerald's tale...

    This book was just not for me. There were really amazing passages. I really connected to passages where he talks about his Yale football experiences and the relationships and lessons he learned there. I also felt really connected to the passages where he talks about his identity as a g...

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I spent so much time thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. And telling my husband. And looking up articles about him. And watching his Ted Talk. I almost want to equate it to On The Road because it is written in this dreamy out of body typ...

    3.5/5 This book had a great start and an uneven finish. I got the sense while reading that Gerald's public speaking skills dictated the way he wrote. Sometimes this worked really well, and sometimes this didn't work, especially in the last third of the book. I started to feel lost and...

    An interesting memoir. A coming of age tale, of a young queer black boy. Rags to riches. From the other side of the river in Dallas in 1999, in a family of preachers, with a father who was a star football player, and then became a drug addict, a bipolar mother who disappears, a boy who...

    I'm not black, but this book is zoomed into many of the issues I've been pondering. If you want to know how a thoughtful Democrat works for an Obama think tank and, as a result, considers becoming a Republican, read this book. Anyway, I know I'm old now because the author reminisces...

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I would if they were like this. I think I highlighted a third of the book. By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. As much interesting as it is poignant, I can't believe Gerald can write a book about his life and not have it be either a...

    I cannot get into this. It is too poetic and all over the place. ...

    Wow, I read a lot of memoirs but haven't read one like this often...maybe ever. The details of the journey aren't what makes this book so amazing but rather the raw feeling that comes through every word. Seriously, this memoir is poetry. ...

    Casey Gerald, the author of this magical mystical tour, is a Yale grad, football star and business maven who was raised in poverty. In his 30s, he is still defining himself by a standard that includes equal parts angst, irony and glimmers of hope. Casey?s father was a football sta...

    The first three-quarters of this memoir reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy, although this is better written. But both books are coming-of-age memoirs by men from challenging backgrounds who have less perspective than they think, show a backhanded empathy for folks from their original commu...

    Every page of this book had me sucking in my breath. Gerald is a beautifully complex writer. This work feels unfinished and raw at points, and poetic and perfect at others. For me, it worked. I felt incredibly close to the author and his life in a way that it is not always so easy to a...

    This book is scary honest, because it deals with the less-than-honest in us all, as well as loneliness and the struggle to find a place in the world where we fit. And I am not doing his book justice. I was hooked after I heard Casey Gerald speak for 30 seconds--he was being intervi...

    From page one, it's clear that Casey Gerald has a powerful, affecting, emotional story to tell. A young, black man who grew up poor and ascended through the ranks of elite society; a young, black man whose ascendance was often an act of charity or volunteerism by the folks who helped h...

    This book really was a very moving book to me. Although we grew up differently in our childhood, me never experiencing the issues of violence, drugs, or poverty at the level that he did, I still really connected with his childhood and the way he grew up. I understand the concerns that ...

  • et2 Brutuss
    Dec 17, 2018

    Unlike any book, or any memoir, I have ever read. Casey?s honesty is equal parts shame and pride, brains and ignorance, hope and despair. His story is still unfolding, and I?ll be first in line for a follow up volume... This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC, where I saw Casey speak...

    I read a lot of memoirs. I love memoirs. This is one of the best I've ever read. It's so beautifully written, so honest, and so timely. The perfect trifecta of a memoir. ...

    Casey Gerald may have an interesting and worthwhile story to tell, but I was unable to stick around for another 300 or so more pages to find out. I couldn?t stand what to me was an affected, ostenatious, fake and folksy, down-home-jokey narrative voice. Unfairly or not, it made me mi...

    Not gonna finish this one. I didn?t read enough of it to give a review. ...

    This was an interesting read. I always felt like Casey Gerald was walking a tightrope in life and on the verge of falling. He lived in a world that was chaotic and he was balancing emotional trauma with educational and athletic success. The writing was aggressive and a little chaotic, ...

    This was sort of interesting, but I didn't finish it... Casey Gerald is obviously a good, unique writer with his own voice, and he has some interesting stories to tell. Ultimately, though, I wasn't totally sure why I should read a memoir by such a young author who basically just starte...

    I tried to force myself through this book and succeeded through it for awhile. It might have a message somewhere in there about who Casey is/was and what he has learned. Obviously, he had an unsettled childhood from what I did read. I do not want to wade through the rest of the book t...

    Just How? While I liked it and found there were many profound and moving passages, I find it a little bit disingenuous. It seems that he sort of just falls into these positively life changing situations. He sort of just ends up at Yale, Yale! He sort of just ends up a Rhodes Scholar...