"You can't heal what you never reveal." ~ 51%
I did not know much about Michael K. Williams beyond his character of Omar "coming" Little on my favorite television series, "The Wire" on HBO. Yet by the time I turned the last page on my Kindle, I felt like an old friend. Michael K. Williams shares his incredible life story in new memoir titled Scenes from My Life.
I rarely forget a face. Well the late iconic actor, Michael K. Williams, has a memorable one. You may recognize him from The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Lovecraft Country, The Night Of or Black Market. No matter the role he portrayed, his rawness and personality leapt off the screen. Unfortunately at the time of his death, Williams had almost finished this memoir with Jon Sternfeld to tell the story of how his life merged with his life's work.
"If someone asked me to describe the common thread in all that I do—my mission in acting, producing, community, and even just my living day-to-day—that's it." ~ 91%
Scenes from My Life is one of thee best memoirs I have ever read! No exaggeration. Drew me in from the first page with his transparency, honesty and detailed recollections. From childhood to early years of dancing to his battles with addiction and the fight that left the famous face scar, Williams does not mince memories. He achieved and conquered so much during his lifetime that otherwise I would not have known. Michael K. Williams was the perfect example of hard-won success.
The publication of Scenes from My Life is perfect timing. Pair this book with your rewatch of "The Wire" for its 20th year anniversary. Be sure to listen to the "Remembering Michael Kenneth Williams" episode of "The Wire at 20" podcast hosted by Method Man. Reading about his life will give whole new meaning to watching him on screen. Hearing the impact he had on others is very touching after knowing what he went through, survived and struggled with all while fulfilling his lifelong mission to give back.
"Addiction is my legacy as much as the darkness of my skin and the sound of my voice." ~ 31%
I am honored for the opportunity to read and review the advance copy. Bookhearts, take my recommendation to heart and add this new memoir to your reading list. Scenes from My Life is so well written that you can visualize the words as you read. Even the book cover is striking! Need I say more?
Happy Pub Day to the late great, Michael K. Williams! A special thank you to Jon Sternfeld for making sure Williams' story reaches readers, maintained in his own voice, in his own impactful words. Scenes from My Life is now available.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Scenes from My Life: A Memoir
Author: Michael K. Williams with Jon Sternfeld
Published: August 2022
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤