"Stories That Move” is a collection of compelling, raw tales that document the author’s journey through childhood bullying, harsh family dynamics, near death experiences, and heart pumping adventure. From the first page to the last, you’ll be drawn into the human experience at a depth few authors are able to traverse. And in so doing, you'll discover things about yourself.
Berry’s philosophical, instructive, and humanistic messages leaven the themes of death and violence, as he recounts learning from a young age that it's not always possible to save the ones you love. He also learns that bullies look for easy prey—and the urgency of protecting yourself, a skill he quickly developed. As an adult, he writes about subjects ranging from unique forms of revenge on kids pestering him to a near-death but exhilarating experience as a surfer. Brushes with death and violence persist, like in a terrifying story of a bloody fight with his girlfriend's drunken, murderous father, told with polish, power, and welcome insight.
He concludes with a story about helping out at the scene of a car accident, discussing the other helpers, and finally revealing that everyone there was of a different race and background. For a moment, everyone there was "humans and nothing more." That’s Berry's message: when we treat each other with compassion, as humans, we're capable of great kindness. When we treat each other as things to be used, violence usually follows.
Takeaway: Humane, harrowing stories of a life facing violence and danger.
Comparable Titles: R. Layla Salek’s Chaos in Color, Lee Smith’s Dimestore.
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