Animals I Want to See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

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Post Hill Press
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6.06 X 9.06 X 0.87 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
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.
"A riveting tale on the power of childhood imagination, benevolence, and tenacity.... Seeman encourages people to aspire and imagine, to act with compassion and kindness, and most importantly, to persevere."--Harvard Crimson
"This powerful memoir is ultimately about keeping a family together as things begin to fall apart. It's consistently vivid, sometimes humorous, and engaging from start to finish."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A philanthropist and business leader recounts a youth marked by poverty and other challenges.... Inspirational without mawkishness, a satisfying rags-to-riches yarn."--Kirkus Reviews
"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