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September 2018 Notable Maryland Author Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

“I started reading about people of great accomplishment… and it dawned on me suddenly that the person who has the most to do with what happens in your life is you.”

Dr. Ben Carson was born in Detroit to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family. Dr. Carson was raised to love reading and education. He overcame deep poverty on the way to graduating from Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. In 1984, he became the youngest Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Carson is famous for his pioneering surgery in separating the Binder twins who were born joined at the back of the head. Dr. Carson has written many articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored nine nonfiction books, four of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy on his medical career and political stances. He was the subject of a television drama film in 2009. 

Dr. Carson and his wife, Lacena "Candy," met in 1971 at Yale University, married in 1975 and lived in Howard County, Maryland, before moving to West Friendship, Maryland, They have three sons as well as several grandchildren.

Genre - Nonfiction

Nonfiction writing is about real things, people, events, and places, (i.e. things that are true). The author of a work of nonfiction has specific information or ideas they want to describe and generally come out and say what they have on their minds. A partial reading list includes: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story; You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.; The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life.

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