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Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date October 2006
Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in rural Indiana, where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. Always an outsider because of his race, economic background, and Pentecostal religious beliefs, he was sustained by his family's love. But one day his world was shattered when his father brutally beat him, sending him to the hospital and then into foster care for a period of time.
In What I Know for Sure, Smiley recounts how he overcame his painful history and became a major...