Born Bright

  • by C. Nicole Mason
  • Narrated by Robin Eller
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born Bright, C. Nicole Mason's powerful memoir, is a story of reconciliation, constrained choices, and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful but volatile 16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school, where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness, and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed, and wore her hair. After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the mega casinos while finishing school. Mason would eventually board a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket.

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What the Critics Say

"This firsthand account of a passage out of poverty will inspire readers interested in the strength of the human spirit in overcoming formidable obstacles." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Solid Book

This book - like many I have read before - is the story of one person growing up in poverty and getting out. Unlike many other books, this author and main character is female.
I enjoyed the look at Nicole's life growing up, how her schooling both prepared her and didn't for college, how her family both supported her and didn't.
Nicole has a unique insight into the realities of poverty, without judgment or hero-worship. I only wish more had been made of her transition to college - more than just after moving into the dorms.
Robin Eller wouldn't have been my first choice as narrator. She is adequate - though sometimes stilted - with narrative passages, but is not at all gifted with dialogue. If characters speak "angrily" or "loudly", she reads it in the same tone she would read the description of the neighborhood. Overall, this wasn't a huge issue, but it is something to keep in consideration.
Overall, this book is well worth your time and credit.
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- Daryl

So much food for thought

I loved this book. it is hard to read because it is hard to admit that such discrepancies exist in our country.
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- Teresa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio