Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome MaryAnne Howland author of Warrior Rising.
MaryAnne Howland’s life began the day her son Max was born. At twenty-six weeks, Howland’s son Max came into the world a warrior, turning the savvy business woman into a single mother of a premature baby with cerebral palsy. Even as Howland worked to create a vibrant life and sure foundation for young Max, she realized that she needed help to guide her son towards manhood as he approached his teenage years. Using the Jewish Bar Mitzvah as a template, Howland created a “Black Mitzvah” as a rite of passage for her son and recruited a reliable circle of men to prepare Max for adulthood.
Howland honors her son’s resilience and the four men that helped shaped him in WARRIOR RISING: How Four Men Helped a Boy on His Journey to Manhood. A poignant blend of memoir and practical guide, WARRIOR RISING follows Howland, Max, and Max’s warrior circle—Uncles Lawrence, whose active, visible role in his family both inspired and challenged; Kevin, with infectious energy and profound respect for women; warm and wryly funny Chris; and Jay, who models responsibility and steadiness.
WARRIOR RISING is an eye-opening look at one mother's determination to provide positive male role models for her son, and the power of great mentoring to change lives. As a boy without a consistent father figure in his life, as an African-American male in a time when race relations in this country continue to be fraught, and also because Max was born premature and as a result has cerebral palsy, he has had to be a true warrior. Through his adolescence, Max's mentors shared valuable insights with him about what it means to be a good man in the face of life's challenges. These lessons, recounted in this book, will serve as a powerful roadmap for anyone supporting boys on the challenging road to manhood.
MaryAnne Howland is the founder and CEO of Ibis Communications, a branding marketing solutions firm in Nashville, Tennessee. The success of her business has been recognized by the Clinton administration and she has attended several summits at the White House. In 2012, she launched the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, a forum to facilitate dialogue on diversity, sustainability, and inclusion, which has held annual summits at the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nations.