And the pursuit of happiness book
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris GardnerI feel like there was more info about his childhood than necessary.. i mean, we needed background but, i feel like we got more of those details than when he was struggling as a homeless single parent, which is what i thought the book was mainly about. I also could have lived without all of the graphic sexual details he gave (made me wonder if it was exaggerated)
The Pursuit of Happyness
At the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city's working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, "HO-tels," soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station. Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district. More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Chris Gardner.
Despite having never gone to college, and after a period of being homeless, he became a wildly successful stockbroker and wrote his memoir, Pursuit of Happyness. Chris Gardner went from an impoverished childhood to become a wealthy stockbroker and entrepreneur and managed to juggle single fatherhood before it was culturally accepted. His memoir, Pursuit of Happyness , spends a lot of time recounting that difficult childhood and his transition to the military and to time spent working in medicine. The story picks up more speed two-thirds of the way through when Gardner is living in San Francisco determined to raise his son and succeed as a stockbroker, despite having never gone to college. On the one hand, he was moved by his own troubled childhood to vow that he would be a good father to his children.
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Buy it at a discount from BOL. It may even be the key to happiness. For while the rest of us wallow in the turbid waters of self-analysis, regret and doubt, the truly repressed scud by on an armoured craft of certainty: wise and faintly smug. The younger, Kate, is a modern woman who responds to heartbreak the modern way whisky and sobbing. The elder, Sara, is not.