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Literature / Same Kind of Different as Me

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Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, is a book published in 2006 and written by two men: Denver Moore, a former sharecropper turned homeless man, and Ron Hall, a wealthy art dealer. The book concerns their reluctant meeting through Ron's wife Deborah, who volunteers at a homeless shelter. In a way, it could be seen playing both White Man's Burden and Magical Negro, note  but the reality is that it's also about their wildly different backgrounds and they how both learn from each other.

A film adaptation, directed by Michael Carney and starring Greg Kinnear as Ron, Renée Zellweger as Deborah, and Djimon Hounsou as Denver, was released in 2017 by Paramount and Pure Flix Entertainment.

This book provides examples of:

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Denver can't bring himself to shoot someone who came on the wrong day of work when he commits armed robbery in Shreveport.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Ron's conflicting beliefs about Denver going to Colorado with his daughter's possessions, alone.
  • Noble Bigot: Ron's grandfather treats the African-American workers fairly for his day, though it's still much worse than what the white workers received overall.

Alternative Title(s): Same Kind Of Different As Me