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Michael Oher: “I Beat the Odds”

Michael Oher’s rags to riches story has been told the Hollywood way. Now it will be told his way, with the publication this month of a book he wrote with a sports journalist called “I Beat the Odds.”

From the Huffington Post:

Oher writes, “I wrote ‘I Beat the Odds’ for two main reasons. One is that I get asked a lot what I thought about the book and the movie ‘The Blind Side’ and I wanted a chance to talk about some of the questions people have about how I was portrayed in the movie and about my life before I came to live with the Tuohys. Also, so many people seemed so touched by my story that I wanted to bring attention to what kids in the foster care system are dealing with so that people could have a better understanding of just how big and how widespread the need for loving, stable families really is.”

“I Beat the Odds” will be in stores February 8. Oher will be at Davis-Kidd to sign copies of the book Feb. 16.

Book excerpts:

“Memphis has some beautiful public schools. East High School looks like some kind of a palace. It’s really incredible.”

Oher mentions reading an interview and cites a comment from it by Robert Lipscomb, the city of Memphis director of the Division of Housing and Community Development. Apparently, the interview touched on Lipscomb’s motivation behind eliminating public housing in Memphis, which was thought to “reduce crime.”

“It was a nice thought, but all it managed to do was spread crime to new areas,” Oher writes.

Dansette

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