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If you're one of the more than 5 million THIS IS US fans, then here's your next favorite book!

If you're one of the more than 5 million THIS IS US fans, then here's your next favorite book!

Posted: 2021/04/19

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: For the more than 5 million This Is Us fans who saw the intensely dramatic yet poignant conversation between Pearson brothers Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) in last week's new episode "Brotherly Love," Square One may now have the ideal book for folks to now read. (In fact, famed newspaper columnist Cindy Adams just ran an item about this book in her New York Post "Page Six" column - click here to see.)

Recognized for its special resonance in Times Square Chronicles' "Glorious Corner" column, Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3) by Fred Engh with Jann Seal tells the unique and all-too-human story of how Engh became the first white student in 1961 to attend and receive his diploma at an all-Black college. Engh's time at the college, crystallized by his warmly welcomed friendship with fellow college golf team player and eventual NFL football player Bob Taylor, is paralleled in the story's telling by the contemporary world of racism in America. Aided by acclaimed writer and co-author Jann Seal, Engh underpins the sober realities of race relations in the US by including throughout his book what Kirkus Reviews applauds in its review as "sidebar timelines of major events that occurred between 1941 and 2020, which help anchor the author’s personal story in a historical context."

Matchsticks, which has also been celebrated by Publishers Weekly ("this fascinating fish-out-of-water account provides a unique perspective on race and culture"); ("as we go through the process of reckoning with the fact that racism is alive and well even now, it’s great to read a story like this); and Midwest Book Review ("an inherently impressive and inspiring life story"), among others, is a title with which Square One Publishers is immensely proud to be associated. The book is available everywhere . . . now.

Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White ($24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3).


The year was 1961, a year marking the start of the racial unrest that would last throughout the decade. Living in a trailer camp in Maryland with his wife and children, Fred’s future seemed bleak—that is, until he heard a college football coach being interviewed on a local radio show talking about becoming a Physical Education teacher. The coach’s words would inspire him enough to register at ...
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