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Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Florencia Vega

The evocative and incredibly moving "Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds" by Tom Seeman delves into the complexities of identity, ambition, and the power of community. The projects of Toledo, Ohio serve as the setting for this endearing coming-of-age story that emphasizes the optimism and persistence of the human spirit.

The memoir's primary storyline centers on Tom Seeman's early metamorphosis and his triumph over the challenges of growing up in a cramped Bronson Street home. As he embarks on a path of self-awareness and development, Tom's spirit endures hardship. By his eyes, readers are transported to a world where suffering and beauty coexist and where optimism is encouraged despite hard realities.

Because it explores community, friendship, and the bonds that unite us despite our differences in social class and color, "Animals I Want To See" is a singular film. Bronson Street residents show that love and compassion can overcome even the most formidable obstacles when they gather together during joyful and friendly times, despite their hardships and losses. Through touching stories and endearing interactions, Seeman serves as a reminder of the inherent goodness that penetrates all individuals, despite difficulties.

Dreams have the power to alter, and the story provides a powerful example of the resilience of the human spirit. Tom’s story, which begins with his modest origins as a young janitor with big dreams and continues through his journey as a student at Yale and Harvard, is a monument to the seemingly unlimited possibilities that await those who dare to dream and endure in the face of hardship.

"Animals I Want To See" is, in the end, a wonderful and poignant tale that values honesty and kindness. By guiding readers on a path of self-discovery and forgiveness through his painful story and striking photos, Tom Seeman shows us that beauty can be found in even the most unlikely places. Finally, readers will leave this book with a deep emotional impression that both uplifts and encourages.


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