Press enter after choosing selection

Life is so Good

Dawson, George, b. 1898. Book - 2000 305.26 Da 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Cover image for Life is so good

Sign in to request

Call Number: 305.26 Da
On Shelf At: Downtown Library

Location Call Number Branch Item Status
Downtown 2nd Floor 305.26 Da Downtown Library On Shelf

Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American Documentation. NcD.


Library Journal Review
Booklist Review
Publishers Weekly Review
Summary / Annotation
Fiction Profile
Author Notes


Insight into US history submitted by Sandra A Awood on October 17, 2010, 6:05pm This isn't a quick read; it offers lots to absorb and as the memoir of a bright but illiterate man, the narrative doesn't always move smoothly. Its appeal lies in the basic realism and goodness of a man who lived through US nastiness at its worst and somehow emerged as a better person. His attitude and life offer inspiration for all of us, especially those prone to complaining. I wish I could have met him. This book should be required reading for every US history student, for every voter, and especially for anyone seeking public office.

Shared history submitted by erlipp on January 10, 2011, 8:53pm Life is so good? This BOOK is so good! After picking it up & putting it down a couple times, only reaching a page or two in, I finally sat down one evening with a dedicated hour to read. At 1:30am that night I finally closed the last chapter and daydreamed about all I had read. What a wonderful man. I am not African American, but his experiences drew me back to everything I know about my own grandfathers' lives. The farming, the poverty, the strength of mind and spirit. The way America must have looked and felt in the early part of the 20th century. I am so grateful that the library chose this book for Ann Arbor Reads. I might not have noticed it otherwise, and would have missed a completely enriching experience. This one is going on my shelves.

Wow submitted by cathiek on July 12, 2011, 10:32am Really terrific read. Filled with wisdom, truth and sweetness.

a must read submitted by jayin on August 14, 2011, 5:48pm I put this down after the intense beginning, but am very glad I picked it back up.

Pretty good submitted by cvyork on May 4, 2012, 10:33am The first half of this book reads just like a novel. It slows down quite a bit for the second half. If anything, the whole book is a very interesting examination of George's life philosophy.

Loved it! submitted by smgop on July 17, 2013, 8:40pm I truly enjoyed this book and this wonderful approach to life. He is truly wise.

It is submitted by Kitty001 on August 5, 2014, 4:58pm It is

life submitted by timbecka on July 13, 2019, 7:59pm IS good

Compelling submitted by sueij on June 17, 2020, 8:35pm This was a compelling first person view of a life I could never imagine living. Mr. Dawson didn’t write a book to tell us what history was, but to tell us what his life was like, from not terribly long after slavery through the next (literally) hundred years as a Black boy and man. Despite his statement that “Life is so good,” not everything in his life was, and he calls things like he saw them. His goal wasn’t to change the world, but to be true to himself as best he could in a world that limited his choices. How he viewed and discovered that world, and interacted with it, is an inspiration. Most of us don’t change the world by being Rosa Parks or Nicola Tesla or the President of the United States… but everyone can live an honest life where they are and continue to be their best selves in the places they land. 5 stars, without a doubt.

So submitted by Anthany on July 10, 2020, 8:27am Like live is so good

Cover image for Life is so good

New York : Random House, c2000.
Year Published: 2000
Description: viii, 260, [2] p. ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

Lexile: 680

037550396X :

Glaubman, Richard.
John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African-American Documentation.

Dawson, George, -- b. 1898.
African Americans -- Marshall -- Biography.
Older African Americans -- Marshall -- Biography.
Centenarians -- Marshall -- Biography.
Marshall (Tex.) -- Biography.