Makes Me Wanna Holler A Young Black Man in America In this honest and searching look at the perils of growing up a black male in urban America San Francisco Chronicle Washington Post reporter Nathan McCall tells the story of his passage from the str

  • Title: Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America
  • Author: Nathan McCall
  • ISBN: 9780685678527
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this honest and searching look at the perils of growing up a black male in urban America San Francisco Chronicle , Washington Post reporter Nathan McCall tells the story of his passage from the street and the prison yard to the newsroom of one of America s most prestigious papers A stirring tale of transformation Henry Louis Gates, Jr The New Yorker.In this honest and searching look at the perils of growing up a black male in urban America San Francisco Chronicle , Washington Post reporter Nathan McCall tells the story of his passage from the street and the prison yard to the newsroom of one of America s most prestigious papers A stirring tale of transformation Henry Louis Gates, Jr The New Yorker.

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    1. Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler tells the story of McCall's childhood in a predominantly black neighborhood, an area prone to gang-related activities. The book is set in the late-1900s during McCall's teenage years, when he and his friends were transitioning from naive youth to gangsters. An African American teen who wants nothing more than to be the "baadest" guy in the neighborhood, Nathan McCall finds himself robbing strangers, shooting white homes, and fighting rival gangs. McCall feel [...]

    2. I remember when I was in high school and college how so many black men I knew absolutely loved this book. In fact, when I was reading this on the train a couple weeks ago, a 20-something year old black guy took the time to tell me that he read it twice. "Makes Me Wanna Holler" is a very engaging book that gives readers a lot of insight into how a "thug" is created. The author, Nathan McCall, did some pretty awful things in his youth. He did everythingnning trains on girls (gang rape), mugging pe [...]

    3. Have you ever read a book that you would recommend to everyone that passed you on the street? Well thats how I feel about the book Makes Me Wanna Holler: a young black man in America, by Nathan McCall. "Honest, so well written, so powerful The book belongs in every prison library", says USA Today. Time mentions the book as, "soul-searing". Claude Brown, Author of Manchild in the Promise Land, calls it A modern classic. Makes Me Wanna Holler is one of the best books i could recommend. To a young [...]

    4. I have such conflicted feelings about this book. Nathan McCall is honest, perhaps to a fault, about his past as well as his reflections on his adult life. We are in the same age cohort; McCall graduated high school in the year before I did, and had we not lived at opposite sides of the US, we could have attended high school together. AND I am glad e did not meet then, after reading about McCall's frightful "streety" behavior as a teen. is parents did little to stop or redirect him as he and his [...]

    5. Before talking with my roommate, I hated the book and for some reason was offended by the way he wrote this. It seemed like I was at fault for everything because I am white. Then I spoke to my roommate and now I realize how ignorant he is and how he brought all of his troubles on himself not because he's black, but because he puts the blame on other people. At one part, he said he didn't want to be the stereotyped black father who has kids with different mothers. Low and behold, that's what he d [...]

    6. Makes Me Wanna Holler was an auto biography written by Nathan McCall and is about his struggles growing up in his hood, Cavalier Manor, and how he was able to make the necessary changes to become a better person to his family and community.He starts by sharing his early childhood experiences of growing up in Virginia, where peer pressure steered him into outrageous behavior. A favorite game in Portsmouth, his hometown, during the late sixties-early seventies era, was "get back". It eased the you [...]

    7. This is a mini-review I wrote of this book immediately after reading it in 1996:I think everyone should read this book. it doesn't matter what race you are or what gender you are, i think you should read it.This is one man's story of growing up as a black man in a mostly violent and seemingly relentlessly prejudiced world. I had a hard time reading it, though i'm glad i made it through until the end.I hated mr. mccall in the very beginning of the book. I don't know if there is another way i coul [...]

    8. This book will always be on my personal Top Books I've Ever Read list. I have given this book as a gift to many young men and have read it at least four times myself. I think that it's highly relative to the young black male in America who doesn't exactly understand his place in society. Actually, it could be relevant to any young male in this country who is pressured to be "cool" and subdue his feelings and brilliance in order to be accepted by his peers. This book is unique to me because this [...]

    9. This book was originally a gift to my mother from a friend of hers back in 1996. My mother didn't like it, but being the precocious ten year old I was, I managed to sneak and read this book from cover to cover.I have to say, graphic depictions of rape and physical abuse aside, this is one of my favourite books. Here's why: Very few books deal with the mentality of ex-con African-American men and how they wind up in prison to begin with. Nathan McCall is as honest as he can be about his feelings [...]

    10. Note: Still a deep and remarkably potent read today with racism being so overt with a new president who does nothing to help the situationpowerful quote:"The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He wouldn't bl [...]

    11. This book had quite a deep effect on me. It literally haunted me for days. While I resent many of the things the author did in his younger days, especially the way he and his buddies treated and abused women (those so-called "trains" just make me shudder with utter disbelief and disgust), I could feel his pain and confusion. The main reason I came to really like and appreciate this book is because it gave me a genuine insider's perspective on why young black men seem so disillusioned and misguid [...]

    12. I read this book a few years ago and it was very helpful to me to understand Nathan's point of view and his experiences in life. I wanted to holler with him many times - that is when I wasn't driven to tears over the hard things he experienced growing up in the inner-city, in poverty and constantly confronted by racism. I would like to think we have surpassed such terrible things, but I know that isn't the case. This is a good book - it will stretch your empathy, and call you to do better - I ho [...]

    13. Just about every young boy should pick this up. Straight to the point on the hard view of impulse and pointless decision making which leads to jail time and the verbiage further details the life of jailhind the curtains. How the long standing inmates try and at times succeed at mind playery on those that aren't so harden just to get sexual oppression off.

    14. I love this book. He is very raw. He gives a lot of insight on black men by revealing a great deal about himself. This is his autobiography. i couldn't help but draw parallels between his story and malcolm x's. This is one of my favorites of all time. I read it when i was 15.

    15. I read this in middle school & still have the book today. One of the most memorable books i have ever read in my life!

    16. I wish I could make every black or hispanic young man read this. He gives readers matter-of-fact insight into the behavior, anger and dysfunction of his upbringing without being pretentious or preachy. One of the things I will always remember from this book was McCall's recollection of how he and his friends worked and stole from a department store in his neighborhood, eventually causing the store to go out of business. From his initial point of view as a kid, the thefts were partly fun and part [...]

    17. I really, really wanted to like this book. There were parts of this book that taught me something new, especially parts that explained where many of the stereotypes surrounding black men derived from. Yet as a whole, I found Nathan's voice to be angry and full of pain. It felt like he needed to write this book to vent and share his anger, and I didn't feel as connected to Nathan as I wanted to be. It made me wanna holler

    18. Haven't read this in a while, but it made me want to holler alright. It is not to say that the society we live in is unracist and colourblind but for the love of the goddess's ample breasts, a white man did NOT put a gun in your hand nor did he tell you to rape women. Take some responsibility!

    19. McCall writes with a perspective that is much needed in today's literature. His memoir provides an experience for the readers that makes you feel like you are right there with him as he recounts his life being a black man in America. As I read through the book I found myself getting angry with McCall, feeling sorry, and feelings of triumph; I also felt McCall's frustration with the injustices of the world and the system that we have created. After reading this book I feel I understand more about [...]

    20. A hundred times better than anything Ta-Nahesi Coates ever wrote -- all the same anger and regrets with none of the posturing and self-pity. My favorite part was when Nate McCall describes how he used to smash the windows of parked cars in a vast D.C. mall parking lot just to steal whatever might be lying in the passenger seat. One day he saw a fancy leather carrying case and grabbed it, but when he got back to his crib and opened it he found out it was not money or drugs but just dozens of musi [...]

    21. A BlessingI have read this book at least four times since 1995. This last time I read it, I was really able to identify with the author, since I had experienced a lot of the same struggles and emotions as Mr. McCall by then. Since there are so many positive things that I could say about this book, way too many to put into words here, I will just say this: If you are a young person, especially a young person of color, you should read this book. It is a blessing

    22. McCall is brutally honest in regards to the psyche of a Black man in America. This book is candid, and will definitely be eye opening to all readers.

    23. Drew Hutton English 11 Period 3 Makes Me Wanna Holler The book, “Makes Me Wanna Holler”, by Nathan McCall is about a young black kid growing up in Virginia during the 60's in Urban America. The main character, Nathan is growing up in the hood of Virginia and it talks about how life was back during the 60's when racism was still really bad and segregation was happening, so the story is just about how Nathan grew up and the friends he made during the times of growing u [...]

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