"Same Kind of Different As Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Posted on Tue 05 August 2008 in ClubReading

A New York Times bestseller and a true story.*

Denver is a modern-day slave...a share cropper on a cotton plantation in Louisiana. He could not read or write. When he was in his mid 30's he hopped a freight train hoping to find a better life. His own words say it best. "Being homeless in Fort Worth was a step up in life for me." That's what he was for the next 30+ years...homeless in Fort Worth.

Ron Hall is the son or a poor dirt farmer from Texas. You could say he is a self-made man. He put himself through college and got a good job in the banking industry. He made a fortune, though, when he became involved in buying and selling art. He quit the banking job and became a highly respected international art dealer.

Ron's wife, Deborah, was never really into the money scene. She spent her time and energy helping the less fortunate. Actually, it was she that introduced Ron and Denver. She talked Ron into volunteering with her once a week serving dinner at a Fort Worth homeless shelter. Deborah had a dream about a black man that "changed the city." She saw him there at the homeless shelter and encouraged Ron to make friends with him.

It's something that doesn't happen every day...a white multi-millionaire international art dealer and a black homeless man becoming friends. As Denver puts it, "not the catch and release kind of friendship."

I have to admit, when a friend loaned me a copy of this book, I wasn't very excited about reading it. It's a true story. I prefer fiction. I was drawn into the story, though, from chapter 1. It's a great story, and I highly recommend it to you.