Sunday, April 19, 2009

Same Kind of Different as Me


I think I might be the last person in Tarrant County to read this book. Despite my anticipation to read it - for literally years now - for some crazy reason I've just now gotten around to picking it up.
Wow.
I've heard that response from others - family, friends, and even the Barnes and Noble lady - but they couldn't have overestimated the impact. What a powerful story.

The book's tagline sums it up: "A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together."
My favs:
- Comprehending the story through (modern day slave) Denver's dialect. Besides all the meaningful stuff, HILARIOUS story of his solo road trip to the Colorado mountains - UP the Colorado mountains - a homeless man in his 60's, with no travel experience whatsoever and a week-old driver's license.
- Drawing insight from (art dealer) Ron Hall's self-deprecating and honest interpretation of life-changing events and friendships and relationships.
- Laughing out loud - often. And of course, spilling buckets of tears in the process.
- Learning about a woman's character and commitment to serve and embrace a shunned group of our society.
- Reading about that woman's tireless best friend serving with her, and then never leaving her side as they struggled through Deborah's devastating sickness and eventual death. What a deep friendship.
- The quality of writing surprised me - it's really, really good. Lyrical and descriptive and page-turning. The dialogue is so true-to-life and conversational, it's easy to imagine just sitting around a campfire and listening Ron & Denver tell their story in person.
- Really impressed with Lynn Vincent, who collaborated with Ron and Denver in writing Same Kind of Different as Me.

So, my meager thoughts on this locally written best-seller. My only regret is that I wish I would have read it earlier! Thankful they put their story in words. Enjoy!