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Open the Unusual Door
edited and with an introduction by Barbara Summers

About the Book

Sometimes life offers us the chance to change our direction. These opportunities can be obvious, but many times they come as a surprise, and, if we're not paying close attention, we can miss the door leading to change. All of the authors in this inspiring collection took advantage of the hand they were dealt — a chance to triumph, make a comeback, or, in some cases, simply survive. Teen readers will hear from a diverse group of African Americans, some famous — baseball great Derek Jeter, hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, former secretary of state Colin Powell, singer and actor Queen Latifah — and others perhaps less well known but equally well respected in their fields — astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, fencer Peter Westbrook. Barbara Summers has chosen their autobiographical essays and collected them in this inspirational and thought-provoking anthology that teaches us how to recognize the right door, open it, and find the strength to walk through.

About the Author

Barbara Summers's published work includes Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed the Fashion Industry. She edited I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America and is currently at work on a novel about the Harlem Renaissance. She lives in New Jersey.

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