Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

From the Projects to Prep School: A Memoir

Charlise Lyles

$15.95

The story of a girl who grew up and out of the Cleveland projects in the 1960s and ’70s. Charlise Lyles experienced a turbulent childhood, including race riots and a neighborhood murder. Then, a scholarship to a prestigious prep school presented the vibrant teen with a bewildering set of new challenges—and a new direction in life.

Softcover / 260 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 21 photos / ISBN 9781598510416

Description

“Lyles paints a detailed, thoughtful picture of race relations in the 1970s . . . Highly recommended.” — Small Press Review

A memoir of race and education, this is the story of a girl who grew up and out of the Cleveland projects in the 1960s and ’70s.

While growing up in Cleveland, young Charlise Lyles experienced turbulent events including race riots and a neighborhood murder. Yet she was inspired to appreciate literature at a young age, and she spent her days reading—and also often searching for the estranged father who taught her that love of learning.

Despite starting in the “slow class” at an aging school on Cleveland’s east side, Lyles had a thirst for knowledge and drive for success that would open a door to new opportunities. Granted a scholarship to a prestigious prep school in a wealthy suburb, the vibrant teenager finds herself presented with a bewildering set of new challenges—and a new direction in life.

Additional information

Weight0.58 lbs

Table of Contents

Part One: The Middle

Part Two: The Beginning

Part Three: Another Beginning

Photos

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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