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Not Far From The Tree

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Guest Eric Simmons

Not Far From The Tree

Author: Eric Otis Simmons

ISBN: 9780692953303

Submitted by: Eric Otis Simmons


Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to introduce myself and my Memoir, “Not Far From The Tree” to the African American Literature Book Club (AALBC).    Self-published in March of last year, this year, “Not Far From The Tree” has already been ranked 14 times in the “Top 1-2%” of over 8,000,000 books sold worldwide on Amazon.com.  Also, 13 Libraries, including 5 of the 100 largest in the U.S., by volume, have added the book, or are in the process of adding the book, to their Collections.   Amongst these are New York Public Library’s prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and 3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The procuring Libraries are:  


  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • New York Public Library - Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Morgan State University (HBCU with 2 book orders)
  • Los Angeles Public Library System
  • Elizabeth City State University (HBCU)
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • University of the District of Columbia (HBCU)
  • Bevill State Community College
  • Montgomery City-County Public Library (4 book orders pending)
  • 2 Branches (Monteith and Chandler Park) of the Detroit Public Library System
  • Kent State University (pending)
  • Austin Public Library (pending)


Book Synopsis

“Not Far From The Tree” chronicles the life of Eric Otis Simmons and revolves around the “seeds of knowledge” instilled in him by his Mother, a single Black Parent, that enabled him to accomplish some incredible things in life.  In the book, Simmons shares his genealogical research, the time his Mother was assaulted at gunpoint, walking on and playing basketball at Auburn University, closing sales of $½ million, $1 million and $25 million in Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong, respectively, and more.  Throughout, he shows the reader the interconnection between his Mother’s teachings or “seeds of knowledge” and how he utilized them to overcome obstacles and excel academically, athletically and in Corporate America.


Video Overview (1 ½ minutes): Video Overview


I would like to present the book to AALBC for its consideration of a review and to its followers for their prospective reading enjoyment. 




Eric Simmons

CEO, ESE, Inc.

Author – “Not Far From The Tree”

(404) 630-6484 (cell)




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