Book by William Houston
Review by Jessica P. Creel
College of Engineering & Science Advising Center
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Through this autobiography, Hoston tells of his experiences, as an African-American male, in the world of academia. Touching on his experiences as an undergraduate student, a transfer student, a graduate student, a professor, and even as the target of racism, it is clear that his intention is to provide hope to those reading his work.
Although the content of the book may not prove helpful to academic advisors, or administrators in higher education, these two groups of individuals should definitely read the book, as it could be recommended to struggling students time and time again. Through storytelling, poems, and a religious component, the author gives numerous examples of the correlation between attitude and educational success. Additionally, at the end of each chapter, there are short questionnaires designed to aid the reader in assessing his or her own position.
The book is an easy-read, but lacks the depth that a professional may be seeking. However, if this book got into the hands of open-minded, eager, and ready-to-learn 18-year-old, it has the potential to change perspectives, futures, and lives.
Listen to Me Now or Listen to Me Later: A Memoir of Academic Success for College Students. (2012). Book by William Houston, Ph.D. Review by Jessica P. Creel. Kendall hunt. 82pp., $25.00, (paperback), ISBN # 978-1-4652-0137-9