Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds (Hardcover)

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Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds (Hardcover)

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A lyrical coming-of-age story set in the projects of Toledo, Ohio, Animals I Want To See explores themes of identity, ambition, religion, and friendship—often across racial and social lines—as it spotlights a family of fourteen and tracks a boy’s journey from a child janitor with big dreams to a teenage petty criminal to a student at Yale and Harvard.

“A terrific and moving memoir about dreaming big and making great things happen.” —President Bill Clinton

“Read it and be inspired.” —Deepak Chopra, New York Times bestselling author

On Bronson Street, in the projects of Toledo, Ohio, in a crowded house occupied by a family of fourteen, Tom Seeman starts a very important list. Just as the trash-strewn field in his backyard is home to a treasure-trove of wild animals, Tom’s list, “Animals I Want To See One Day,” is home to dreams of adventure in places far away from the downtrodden neighborhood where he lives. But for all its hardship and crime, Bronson Street is also something of a mythical street, populated by unforgettable people who share food, protect each other, and give surprising gifts of beauty and merriment, proving that the bonds of community and friendship (often across racial and social lines) can bridge any divide and transcend what many of us are taught to believe about each other.

A luminous coming-of-age memoir that shimmers with countless marvels, Animals I Want To See tracks Tom Seeman’s journey from a child janitor with big ambitions to a teenage petty criminal to a student at Yale and Harvard. At once a meditation on finding wonder in unlikely places, an ode to a heroic mother who makes the seemingly impossible possible, and an exploration of what it means to create our own identities, this is a heartwarming, thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting book for all readers.
Tom Seeman is a businessperson who has owned and led several businesses. He grew up in a family of fourteen on welfare and food stamps in the projects of Toledo, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale, where he rowed on the crew team and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, before going on to earn his J.D. at Harvard.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He funded a scholarship that actively seeks disadvantaged students to attend St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo—the school that generously gave him a scholarship and that he credits for helping him fulfill his dream of attending a top college. He has worked across the globe, has lived in five countries, and has traveled to over one hundred.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, four children, three dogs, and a cat.
Product Details ISBN: 9798888453568
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
“When Tom Seeman told me the story of his childhood, I immediately said that he should write it all down and share it with the world. I am so glad he did. Animals I Want to See is a terrific and moving memoir about dreaming big and making great things happen.”
President Bill Clinton

“Tom Seeman has penned an extraordinarily engaging book about his struggles as a youngster, the many folks who ‘packed his parachute,’ his spiritual journey culminating in finding deep meaning, and the joy he feels in helping others. Read it and be inspired.”
Deepak Chopra, New York Times bestselling author

“Tom Seeman’s Animals I Want To See is the book we need now. Tender, wise, gracefully written, this memoir tells one boy’s life, but it does so much more: it revitalizes a sense of American optimism.… I couldn’t put it down.”
Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

“Tender and insightful, Animals I Want to See takes readers on a profound journey from an impoverished community to the American Dream as a young boy defies expectations and succeeds against all odds. Prepare to be moved and inspired as you discover the transformative power of determination and the resilience of the human spirit.”
David Ambroz, bestselling author of A Place Called Home: A Memoir

Animals I Want To See will make you stay up late and read one more chapter, and then one more. It’s a fascinating and unlikely narrative of how the author got out of poverty, found great success, and how he now pays it forward.”
Weston Owl

“Inspirational without mawkishness, a satisfying rags-to-riches yarn.”
Kirkus Reviews