This autobiography is a full look at one of acting’s most recognizable voices. James Earl Jones goes into wonderful, unsparing detail about boyhood on farms in Mississippi and Michigan, his struggle to overcome stuttering and muteness, and his slow but steady rise in the world of acting, first on stage and then in television and movies. His look back and thoughts on some of the iconic characters that he has played over the years, such as Othello, are deep and extraordinary. I did not realize what a long, successful stage career he enjoyed. This is a rich and full bio – a terrific read.
Favorite quotes: “At Michigan, I found it painful to sell my last year’s textbooks to buy the new textbooks. I wanted to keep every book because I knew I had not really, really read it, fully discovered all it had to say. I still do that. I have a hard time, even discarding paperback books, thinking that some day I will really read them.”
“To care as much for someone else as you do for yourself – is to love.”