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Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter

by Sidney Poitier

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5 Stars only because there weren't any more. ( )
  Don_Mega | Dec 18, 2015 |
This is not a book I would ever have read had it not been shoved into my hands by a friend. It's also not a book that ever would have been published had it not been written by someone famous for something else - in this case, acting. It's a hodgepodge of autobiography and personal philosophy. The memoir sections were very interesting, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his accidental acting career in New York City. I wish he'd touched more on his experiences, but it's clear his focus here was on philosophy, framed as letters to his great-granddaughter. Alas, much of this was fairly dull, and often strayed into "pontificating Grandpa" territory. It wasn't bad, but it was a bit boring. ( )
  melydia | Nov 10, 2014 |
I've enjoyed another of Poiter's memoirs, but the part of this that I read seemed to be better left as a letter to his great-granddaughter, and not shared.
  cherilove | Jul 31, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061496189, Hardcover)

Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on his amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter. Writing for all who admire his example and who search for wisdom only a man of great experience can offer, this American icon shares his thoughts on love, faith, courage, and the future.

Poitier draws upon the perspective and wisdom gained from his memories as a poor boy in the Bahamas, his experience of racism coming to the United States, falling in love and raising a family, breaking the race barrier in theater and film during the Civil Rights Era, achieving stardom and success in Hollywood, and being a diplomat and humanitarian. He reflects on the deepest questions and the significant passages of his life, the virtues that helped him through tough times, and the sense of purpose and history that strengthened him. He emphasizes the importance of the role of faith in a technological age, as well as our responsibility to the earth and future generations. Throughout, Poitier shares stories about the people of courage he has met along the way and the meaning of life in the face of death.

Life Beyond Measure is the perfect book to inspire readers to live the fullest life with integrity, from one of our most respected celebrities and a national treasure.

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Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on this amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter. Writing for all who admire his example and who search for wisdom only a man of great experience can offer, this American icon shares his thoughts on love, faith, courage, and the future.--From publisher description.… (more)

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