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Burn zones, playing life’s bad hands, by Jorge P. Newbery, is a 10-chapter autobiography that describes the life and challenges faced by the author. He describes a burn zone, like that moment in a race where the pressure to give up is highest. At an early age, he distributed newspapers and later became an ice-cream vendor. His interracial family was always lending the much support he needed. His Argentine father, for instance, assisted him to acquire the official suit for his first formal job as a loans officer.
Jorge P. Newbery is a man who can be said to have faced it all. Undoubtedly having a close shave on several times with the police in their quest to put him behind bars for the most flimsy excuses, to the grand fight with the Columbia city authorities and biased press over the Woodland meadows complex, it appeared as if he was a marked man. Nevertheless, he always found a way of coming out of these burn zones as if unscathed. The prolific author skillfully addresses the race equation that appears far from being solved in the United States of America. From this title, he not only saw crime levels reduce but former felons being given a new lease of life.
Burn Zones shows sheer determination and willingness of a man facing different challenges and learning new things. Despite dropping out of college, I am convinced that Jorge P. Newbery had more learning opportunities than his school counterparts. One sees his life play a movie scene, with the lyrics in the autobiography acting as the background music. His engagements in diverse fields of life undoubtedly left many people positively impacted.
The language used in the book is simple to comprehend. There are a few vulgar words used here and there. In spite of this, the whole theme of the book is well preserved. One thing I love about this book is its ability to leave a pleasant memory in the mind of the reader. The drama and lessons drawn here are too significant to be easily forgotten. It would be important to note that the book appears to have enjoyed the services of a professional editor. It explains why I haven’t found any grammatical mistakes on this piece of work.
I have no reservation in my recommendation for this title. However, young people from humble backgrounds would be inspired upon reading this book. Therefore, I would gladly give the Burn Zones four out of four stars ratings.
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