Being Green

A Colorful Journey

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
130 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2017
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Being Green: A Colorful Journey by Howard Green is a captivating autobiography that takes the reader on a journey through a dysfunctional family, insecurities, and sexual exploration to inner freedom. Howard’s story begins with a very tragic statement: “I never knew my mother as a sane woman. She had two nervous breakdowns before I was born, and unfortunately, she bore the scars throughout her life.” Having an insane mother wasn’t the only one troubling thing in Howard’s life; his father was both physically and verbally abusive and his brother was hardly home. How can a child in such circumstances grow up to be emotionally healthy? Read on to find out the joys and pains of his journey as he gets married, discovers his sexuality, and makes many attempts to escape his own reality. Also discover a man who comes to terms with himself and develops a successful career with 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation.

Howard Green’s autobiography is a spellbinding story that is told in a unique and confident voice, a story that comes across with a rare sense of honesty. His journey towards self-acceptance hasn’t been an easy one, but it has been one that will, undoubtedly, inspire many readers like him. Although this is an autobiography, one doesn’t expect to read a string of events happening in the protagonist’s life. Instead, it is a thoughtful, introspective look at his life, a look that allows the reader to see the many hurts and bruises in his soul so they can savor the healing he experiences. Being Green: A Colorful Journey is inspiring, a well-crafted autobiography with a unique message of hope for readers, a message that says: “We can also change our stars.”

Amazon book reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
A story worth reading!!!
ByPaul Broganon April 19, 2017
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Howard Green's autobiographical, "Being Green A Colorful Journey" is a must-read on so many levels. It's impossible to put down once you begin reading Howard's journey and indeed I sat and read, complete transfixed, for several hours of time very well spent. Several days later I returned and read it a second time, savoring every morsel of information and all of the sometimes delightful and sometimes gut-wrenching adventures he experienced during his life, well-led.

Writing your own story can be very difficult, something I know from my own experiences. However, Howard has perfectly balanced the ups and downs, the triumphs and tragedies, the loves found and sometimes lost, with a certain wry humor and a fearlessness in not allowing himself to come across as a victim or having an inability to point the finger at himself if he somehow fell short. His candor and honesty has the reader rooting for Howard, admiring his chutzpah and very grateful for his having shared these experiences as well as allowing us a glimpse into what life was like in a time not so long ago but when attitudes and acceptance was vastly different for anyone who wanted to live life on their own terms.

Although Howard had some opportunities that those of us who love the glamour and magic that was Hollywood could only dream about, he relates his stories and encounters with all of those household names with such disarming delight that the reader is never jealous or longing to say, "Why him and not me!!".

Howard writes in such a natural and warm style that you almost feel as though you are sitting in a cozy living room with a fire roaring in the fireplace as Howard relates his story. I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I admired this man who still has a lot of living to do but has shared his path to the man he is now with such sincerity that my only regret about the book would be that I didn't want it to end. I hope we'll hear more from Howard Green, the author, in the future. I've a feeling he has a lot more to say and it'll be worth hearing.

5.0 out of 5 stars
And I’m very glad I did
ByHBDon May 13, 2017
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I was doing a general online search for Doris Day when I came upon this book. And I’m very glad I did. It’s about so much more than Mr. Green’s interactions with Ms. Day and many other celebrities. As much fun as those stories are, it’s really the story of his life and all its many challenges that make this such a compelling read. It’s the story of never giving up no matter what life throws at him from parental issues and abuse growing up to dealing with being gay in an era not as acceptable as today to an almost crippling lack of self- confidence. He faces all these challenges and more and triumphs. And there is a lot of fun along the way as his adventures and determination lead him to become the successful and happy man he is today. He never feels sorry for himself and is never bitter or angry. Like the old Kern-Fields song goes, he just picks himself up, dusts himself off and starts all over again. I’m glad he decided to share his story. I think it’s one so many of us can learn from and thoroughly enjoy.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Breezy, Chatty, Delightful Book
ByJ. Michael Hadleyon March 21, 2017
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This is a breezy, chatty, delightful read. Howard has lived a colorful life and his writing style is as unpretentious and genuine as he is. He encountered numerous celebrities throughout his life and he shares those experiences with discretion and good taste. I think the single most impressive take away is how resilient he is. Although he suffered personal and career setbacks, he always bounced back and never became a victim. I am grateful he chose to share his story with the world.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Be true to yourself
ByAmazon Customeron May 20, 2017
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Love the Book made me cry
an honest true story Of how a boy has to deal with being accepted and being true to his feeling and becoming a man without the approval of what others and learning to approve of himself.

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Inspirational
ByPaulon March 14, 2017
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I enjoyed this book, the writing is great. It took great guts and determination for Mr. Green to put pen to paper and share his life with others. An inspiring life and story.

Pamon


5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable!
ByPamon June 5, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
I was surprised at just how inspiring I found Mr. Green’s autobiography to be. This typically isn’t the genre that I choose to read, yet I was quickly pulled in and read cover to cover in one long sitting. While there isn’t much that I have in common with the author in terms of our location, lifestyle, or profession, there sure was quite a bit that spoke to me very personally. The book was about Mr. Green’s journey through and beyond a troubled childhood, failed marriage, jobs gained and lost, and personal relationships. Much of it wasn’t pleasant, yet Mr. Green kept putting one foot in front of the other and persevered to find happiness. The message that it sent to me was that when something isn’t going right or has taken a fork in the road toward the negative, change it. Stand back up, dust yourself off, and move forward.