African American high school students, Chicago social conditions, Illinois, Manley High School, personal narrative, racism in sports, rowing
This is the inspiring true story about the most unlikely band of brothers that form a family, and forever change a sport and their lives for the better. How did they even make it to age 14 growing up in Chicago’s Westside in the 90’s? Peppered with humor, guaranteed to inspire anyone ……even if you know nothing about the rowing sport….neither did Arshay!
Here’s all you need to know: “A Most Beautiful Thing” lives up to its name….Cooper masterly makes you feel a part of the team…. take their losses to heart. Be proud of the changes they’ve made… This is the feel-goodest of feel-good books, and you should have it now.” ―The Bookworm
“Arshay’s remarkable story reminds us of the life-changing power of will over hopelessness, of belief over despair, and shows us what it looks like when we stop listening to demons and start honoring our own potential. This is the story of rising from the ashes stronger, faster, and focused ― not in spite of the circumstances of birth but because of them. Arshay’s refusal to let his life story be written for him is a testament to the resilience and beauty of the human spirit, and his eagerness to succeed, on the water and in life, is an inspiration.”―Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Uplifting and always enlightening…. [A Most Beautiful Thing] is a coming-of-age story told with the benefit of adult insights and mature hindsight…. This book is less about this specific sport than how that sport becomes transformative, empowering some kids, giving others a direction.”