October 18, 2009

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
2006 Thomas Nelson
Quit on 10/6/09
Rating: DNF

Product Description:

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.

A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

After 60 pages, I decided to call it quits. Has anyone else read this? It was recommended by a good friend, but I simply couldn't get interested.

First sentence:

Until Miss Debbie, I'd never spoke to no white woman before. Just answered a few questions, maybe--it wadn't really speakin. And to me, even that was mighty risky since the last time I was fool enough to open my mouth to a white woman, I wound up half-dead and nearly blind.

From Shelf Awareness:

Samuel L. Jackson has agreed to star in Same Kind of Different as Me, adapted from the book Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Denver Moore, Ron Hall and Lynn Vincent.

Variety reported that Jackson will play Moore, "an ex-con drifter who develops an unlikely friendship with a wealthy Dallas art dealer named Ron Hall. The book . . . was optioned by Veralux Media in 2008. With Jackson aboard, the script is now being shopped for production financing."


  1. I think on saw a post about this book on another blog recently, and it made me add it to my wish list...yikes....i think i'll borrow the library copy. did you buy it? hope not!

  2. Oh, darn! I like the title. Too bad it didn't pan out but better to set it aside and go on to something else than dread your reading experience.

  3. Nope, I haven't read it. I've picked it up and flipped through but I don't even know what I thought at the time. Must not have impressed me or I'd probably remember.

  4. I have it on my wish list. It looks like a book I'd love....

  5. OMGosh! I'm reading this now. I usually check to see what you're reading on your sidebar, but I haven't been to your blog site in a while - I've been reading it through Google Reader. Anyway, I'm almost half way done and I'm liking it. It's not as fascinating as I thought it was going to be, but it has kept my interest. Sorry, it was a DNF for you. :(

  6. You really are not having the best luck with books this year, are you? You seem to have had a lot of bad experiences!

  7. This book did get better. I read it a few books back. I thought the first few chapters were utterly depressing. It picked up. If you are interested in my review
    What Difference Do it Make?

  8. Diane - No, I borrowed it from a friend. I know there are a lot of readers who loved it, so don't let me review scare you off!

    Booklogged - Well, it was on my nightstand for months, so it was probably a case of not being too eager to read it, but feeling obligated since it came highly recommended by a friend. Don't you hate it when that happens? Someone thrusts a book in your hands and tells you how much they loved it and then you turn around and give up on it. I felt terrible!

    Nancy - Just not my cuppa, I guess. I have so many books I want to read and I've gotten to the point where I don't waste a lot of time on something that I just know isn't for me. I just hate that it came from a good friend.

    Debbie - And you very well could. Do you know it's set in Texas?

    Joy - Really?!?! What a coincidence!! What do you mean you haven't been to my blog site lately?! ;) Just kiddin'. Well, I'm glad you're enjoying the book. I'm not sure exactly why I didn't care for it. I'll be curious to see what you have to say in your review.

    Kailana - I have quit on quite a few this year, haven't I? But I have read a lot of great books on and off throughout the year. Guess I'm just getting pickier about the ones I want to stick with until they grab me.

    Busy91 - Thanks for the link to your review. Sounds like you enjoyed it very well. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  9. LOL (at your response to me) I just finished it this morning and came back to see what you didn't like, but you didn't say. Hmmm

  10. Joy - I'm not sure what exactly it was about the book that that failed to hold my attention. It might be that I didn't really care for Ron Hall. Or the religious undertones. I'll have to come over to you blog (which I visit almost every single day -- big grin) and see what you have to say about it.

  11. LOL again! The religious undertones turn out to be very blatant, but it was strictly their experience, not forcing it on the reader in a "you must be saved" way. I didn't care for Ron either, but I did like Denver.


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