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For all those timid third generation teens who shed doubt on the childhood stories of their first generation relatives... Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, this memoir is a collection of real life short stories chronicling events in my life from birth through high school graduation. While my recollection was challenged in a few instances, the characters and incide For all those timid third generation teens who shed doubt on the childhood stories of their first generation relatives... Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, this memoir is a collection of real life short stories chronicling events in my life from birth through high school graduation. While my recollection was challenged in a few instances, the characters and incidents are real and about 97% accurate. I don't think kids grow up with much confidence, so in reading these stories, I hope you feel the apprehension, concern, confusion and indecision I experienced when trying to put them into words. If so, then it should be an enjoyable read.


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For all those timid third generation teens who shed doubt on the childhood stories of their first generation relatives... Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, this memoir is a collection of real life short stories chronicling events in my life from birth through high school graduation. While my recollection was challenged in a few instances, the characters and incide For all those timid third generation teens who shed doubt on the childhood stories of their first generation relatives... Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, this memoir is a collection of real life short stories chronicling events in my life from birth through high school graduation. While my recollection was challenged in a few instances, the characters and incidents are real and about 97% accurate. I don't think kids grow up with much confidence, so in reading these stories, I hope you feel the apprehension, concern, confusion and indecision I experienced when trying to put them into words. If so, then it should be an enjoyable read.

22 review for An Adventurous Childhood: An African-American Coming of Age Story in New Bern, North Carolina

  1. 4 out of 5

    NAN Labadens

    The stories put you appropriate amidst what is going on at the time. At the point when a storyteller can make you feel the rain pouring down or the waves lapping the shore, it is an indication of a decent story teller.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn Dunn

    An Adventurous Childhood: An African-American Coming Of Age Story in New Bern, North Carolina 'A Memoir' by Malcolm Elliott This memoir delivers riveting tales of Malcolm Elliott’s personal accounts of his childhood and challenges as an African-American male coming of age, in a small town in North Carolina. Each chapter is filled with adventurous short stories that take the reader on an unexpected journey filled with childhood memories, humor, friendship, and personal success as seen through the a An Adventurous Childhood: An African-American Coming Of Age Story in New Bern, North Carolina 'A Memoir' by Malcolm Elliott This memoir delivers riveting tales of Malcolm Elliott’s personal accounts of his childhood and challenges as an African-American male coming of age, in a small town in North Carolina. Each chapter is filled with adventurous short stories that take the reader on an unexpected journey filled with childhood memories, humor, friendship, and personal success as seen through the author’s eyes. The tone of the book is charming; Elliott’s talent for vividly portraying his early childhood experiences is ingenious. He will capture the reader’s attention from start to end. The book is an excellent example of how great storytelling can inspire others as to how important it is to recapture the essences of childhood memories before they are lost forever. ~Rosalyn, New Bern NC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fedderly

    This was an interesting and engaging look at the childhood years of the author Malcolm Elliott. I was drawn to the story because I love that area of North Carolina, having spent many summers in Topsail, and visiting family in Surf City. I found the chapter setup interesting. They were presented as a series of snapshots, each with a clear visual, on a memorable year or incident in the author's life. It was intriguing to read about the pre-integration years vs. the first stabs at integration for t This was an interesting and engaging look at the childhood years of the author Malcolm Elliott. I was drawn to the story because I love that area of North Carolina, having spent many summers in Topsail, and visiting family in Surf City. I found the chapter setup interesting. They were presented as a series of snapshots, each with a clear visual, on a memorable year or incident in the author's life. It was intriguing to read about the pre-integration years vs. the first stabs at integration for the community. I agree with the reviewer who suggested some photographs might be nice to round out the feeling that we know these people. I also would like to know what happens next as the story ends with high school graduation. Is there going to be a part 2? I would suggest another edit at some point, but found the typos didn't distract from the overall story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe W

    As I was reading this book, I found myself relating in so many ways; from how the author grew up, to his family moving to various neighborhoods, and especially friends he gained and lost. I laughed, smiled, caught a tear or two but this was the type of read one looks forward to when it comes to memoirs. Well written with attention to detail without boring one on facts. I'm sure even though there were many adventures with the author, I'm sure it was all learning experience along the road to adult As I was reading this book, I found myself relating in so many ways; from how the author grew up, to his family moving to various neighborhoods, and especially friends he gained and lost. I laughed, smiled, caught a tear or two but this was the type of read one looks forward to when it comes to memoirs. Well written with attention to detail without boring one on facts. I'm sure even though there were many adventures with the author, I'm sure it was all learning experience along the road to adulthood. I would definitely recommend "An Adventurous Childhood" to all who want to escape to their memories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    drea

    Personable and detailed. Very enjoyable book. So personable and detailed that I felt as if I were growing up along with the author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    carol williams

    I read the book An Adventurous Childhood and didn't put it down until I had finished. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to the sequence. I read the book An Adventurous Childhood and didn't put it down until I had finished. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to the sequence.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kerra

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vivek

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Becton

  10. 4 out of 5

    James Forbes

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ndeye Labadens

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Henley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zan Haskins

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Porter Moore

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zan Haskins

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Alohna

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  20. 4 out of 5

    T Joyner

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shakira Anderson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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