I could not put down "Secrets and Shame." The true story of a young boy besieged by poverty, abuse and bigotry are brought to life in every sentence.  The writing is so superb, unfortunately , I could visualize every beating, and hunger pain this man endured. James's innate desire to protect his mother and brothers enabled him to survive.   His accomplishments speak for themselves.  His courage and success in spite of his horrific childhood make him a hero. 

Aviva Drescher-Author, Bravos' Real Houswives of New York.