About this Book
The Measure of Our Success,
Marian Wright Edelman
This #1 New York Times bestseller is an open letter from Marian Wright Edelman to not only her own three sons, but as a message of hope to many others. Edelman writes about her own life, being born in 1939 and living in South Carolina as an African American woman, to her founding of the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973.
The book opens with a letter written by one of her sons, Jonah Edelman, about his mother and father’s style of parenting with a few short antidotes. He follows this with sharing his fears of living up to his mother’s legacy.
The majority of the book is spent on Edelman sharing her top 25 lessons of life. These lessons are simple and effective that anyone can apply to their life regardless of age, race, gender, or religion. The themes, addressing issues such as relationships and goal setting, are particularly relevant to new students beginning college.
“A magnificent blueprint for living.” (Ann Landers)
“I hope I am the first of many gratified readers to thank you, Marian Wright Edelman, for this fine book.” (Maya Angelou)
“Every parent and every child should read this book to each other.” (T. Berry Brazleton, M.D.)
“A touching and compelling personal affirmation from one of this nation’s most important moral leaders.” (Robert Coles)
“The Measure of Our Success is at once a celebration of the family, a benediction of the young, and an invocation of the nation’s conscience.” (Jonathan Kozol)
“Her 25 lessons for life eloquently distill the essence of her rich heritage. Intended for her sons as they approach adulthood, the book is uniquely applicable to all races and creeds. The author's style is warm, personal, uplifting, and easy to read. The book has several uses: for personal searching for answers, guidance, or reassurance; for a curriculum unit on child-care; for a book discussion group. It should be required reading by anyone in a position to influence or change the future of America's most valuable resource, its children.” (Judy Sokoll, School Library Journal Review)