“Being Green: A Colorful Journey by Howard Green— A Memoir

Green, Howard. “Being Green: A Colorful Journey”, Page Publishing, 2017.

A Memoir

Amos Lassen

Howard Green grew up in the 50s and it was rough. His father was abusive and his mother was insane. It was a time when there were no role models for young gay boys and homosexuality was not spoken about as freely as it is today. Being gay back then caused people to think of mental illness. Green hid from himself and from society. He married to disguise his feelings but the inner pressure got to him and he entered a mental institution for a month. It was only through his inner strength and perseverance that he was able to accept who he was and turn his life around and what a turn that was

Green became a successful film publicist in Hollywood and worked with such celebrities as Lucille Ball, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, John Denver, Jack Lemmon and many others.

As you read what he writes here, it is easy to sense his confidence and his honesty. It was not easy to gain self-acceptance and how Green went about it is inspiring. Now, in his book, he looks back at his life and lets us see how he did along with the many hurts and bruises he felt. Reading this is akin to Green begins with his troubled past and childhood and he shares how his sad childhood affected his struggles in his adult life. He overcomes adversity, falls in and out of love and builds a successful business. He was able to attain his dreams while remaining humble.

As someone who is now editing his own autobiography, I can tell you that writing about oneself is not easy. Green wonderfully balances “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”. He writes with total honesty and allows us into his life as if we have always been there.

 

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