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Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope Hardcover – September 14, 2021
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For a long time, Carmelo Anthony’s world wasn’t any larger than the view of the hoopers and hustlers he watched from the side window of his family’s first-floor project apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He couldn’t dream any bigger than emulating his older brothers and cousin, much less going on to become a basketball champion on the world stage.
He faced palpable dangers growing up in the housing projects of Red Hook and West Baltimore’s Murphy Homes (a.k.a. Murder Homes, subject of HBO’s The Wire). He navigated an education system that ignored, exploited, or ostracized him. He suffered the untimely deaths of his closely held loved ones. He struggled to survive physically and emotionally. But with the strength of family and the guidance of key mentors on the streets and on the court, he pushed past lethal odds to endure and thrive.
By the time Carmelo found himself at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in 2003 preparing to embark on his legendary career, he wondered: How did a kid who’d had so many hopes, dreams, and expectations beaten out of him by a world of violence, poverty, and racism make it here at all?
Carmelo’s story is one of strength and determination; of dribbling past players bigger and tougher than him, while also weaving around vial caps and needles strewn across the court; where dealers and junkies lined one side of the asphalt and kids playing jacks and Double Dutch lined the other; where rims had no nets, and you better not call a foul—a place Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised.
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"A timely and inspiring true story about perseverance, passion, and what it takes to achieve greatness, against all odds."—Venus Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Come to Win and tennis champion
“An inspirational, engaging story from a straight shooter.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Carmelo Anthony's recently published memoir hardly mentions his long career or the accolades that have come with it, but it still provides a telling glimpse of the player. As Anthony charts a course through his childhood in Red Hook, Brooklyn and Baltimore, he examines his experiences of racism, poverty, and trauma. To hear those stories through Anthony’s voice, at the tail end of his NBA days, offers a fuller view of both his scoring genius and the easy charm that has always seemed to accompany it.”—Vanity Fair
“Where tomorrow’s Aren’t Promised is gold. Most people understand the details of Carmelo's hall of fame career, but what is often missed are the details of his remarkable life. This book is filled with insights and inspirations that will leave you compelled, motivated, and breathless. That’s exactly what it did for me.”—Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore
“An excellent book telling a definitive urban icon story—the athlete with hope and hustle finding a way to his dreams.”—Raekwon The Chef, author of From Staircase to Stage
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery Books (September 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982160594
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982160593
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You don’t have to be a fan of the NBA or even basketball in general to enjoy this memoir. It is more about growing up in the projects in both Red Hook, Brooklyn, and even more so near the “Murphy Homes” in Baltimore. The Murphy homes nicknamed “Murder Homes” are the subject of HBO’s “The Wire”. Melo describes how the sounds of gunshots were a normal, everyday sound. Murder and death are commonplace and Melo’s loved ones aren’t invulnerable. Melo is very candid in this book about the mental struggles he endured in this environment which provide a powerful and moving perspective. The main hero of his story is his mother, Michelle, who made seemingly impossible ends meet to support Melo and to provide an inspiring role-model.
Overall, Melo shares his story in a very meaningful and moving way. Already being a fan of Carmelo’s game, reading this made me become more a fan of him as an individual. Melo’s powerful message coupled with casual readability make this a memoir that I would recommend to most friends.