There Will Be No Miracles Here
by Gerald, Casey

The co-founder of MBAs Across America describes his upbringing in a black evangelical family, his football recruitment into Yale, and the brutal wealth gap that is forcing increasingly large numbers of marginalized groups to redefine the American Dream.

Casey Gerald grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas and went to Yale, where he majored in political science and played varsity football. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, he cofounded MBAs Across America. He has been featured on MSNBC, at TED and SXSW, on the cover of Fast Company, and in The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian, among others.

*Starred Review* Gerald opens his memoir by describing himself at age 12, sitting in a church pew in great anticipation of the impending Rapture. When the clock turns and 1999 becomes 2000 and he and his fellow congregants remain, is he relieved, or disappointed? Gerald then looks back at the beginning, as he remembers it. His mother struggled with mental illness and disappeared before he was a teenager, while addiction gripped his father, an Ohio State football legend, leaving Gerald in the rotating care of his fierce older sister, his grandmothers, and other family and friends in his Dallas neighborhood. He became a star student and football player in high school before excelling, on the field and off, at Yale, where his accent and baggy clothes are the first, and not nearly the last, things that separate him from his peers. Gerald pulls no punches in telling his extraordinary story, which he relates with unsparing truth, no small amount of feeling, and a complete lack of sentimentality. Painful lessons dart in and pummel his unsuspecting self, and scenes of startling intensity are often pierced-and pieced back together-by light and humor. Also an accomplished public speaker, Gerald will hook readers with richly layered writing on poverty, progress, race, belief, and the actual American Dream. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A memoir of a religious, gay black man coming to terms with his own nuanced achievement of the American dream in the new millennium.The narrative opens in 1999, with the 12-year-old author waiting for the end, praying nervously in his grandfather's evangelical church before the turn of the millennium: "Lord, please take me with You when You come. That is all I have to ask of God, and I will get my answer soon. It is 11:57." When midnight passes without incident, the meaning of the book's title becomes manifest. The son of a star quarterback, Gerald grew up on the poor side of Dallas, where he also excelled at football, and he soon moved on to the distant planets of higher education and elite society. As he writes, "I have been so many things along my curious journey: a poor boy, a nigger, a Yale man, a Harvard man, a faggot, a Christian, a crack baby (alleged), the spawn of Satan, the Second Coming, Casey." The author deftly navigates through the events shaping those identiti es: the months of his first true romance, his time at Yale and Harvard Business School, where he earned a master's degree in business and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist; Wall Street; and a stint in Washington, D.C., on the strong career advice to "be a special assistant to someone at the top." Along the way, Gerald examines the subtext underlying the clashing realities of his experiences and observations. "[I was] a boy defined by his circumstances," the author writes in nearly the middle of the well-paced narrative, "perhaps we all are—just seven billion Eves made from the rib of our Adam-circumstance—but why do we lie about it? Why don't we want to believe it? Is it that it shames us to admit how limited our power is, how much we can submit—have submitted—to the things we did not choose?" Hardly a by-the-numbers memoir, this is a powerful book marked by the author's refreshingly complicated and insightful storytelling. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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