Book Review: Pimps to Pops – A Journey to Fatherhood

Journalist and author Cliff Williams holds a copy of his book, Pimps to Pops - A Journey To Fatherhood.

Journalist and author Cliff Williams provides a unique offering of a journey to aware­ness for readers in his book intriguingly titled “Pimps to Pops – A Journey To Father­hood.”

In his book, he artfully weaves the lives of seven col­orful characters into an en­gaging tapestry that blankets the experience of scoundrels, sex-addicts, and seducers. The characters represent dif­ferent types of male personas in society.

Pimps to Pops – A Journey To Fatherhood

This fictional work created by Williams is based on real life conversations and inter­views he conducted with sev­eral men during the develop­ment of the book. The content and structure of the book is loosely based on a fatherhood conference the author previ­ously attended. Its content is also supported by various excerpts from perspectives on fatherhood by, for exam­ple, former President Barack Obama, a staunch and pas­sionate supporter of parent­ing-related themes.

In “Pimps to Pops”, Wil­liams writes about the tri­als and tribulations that can transform boys to men. He introduces the reader to suave and savvy personalities who, while holding reputable oc­cupations, also supplement their income through means of exploitation and greed. Early in their careers the char­acters became spoiled by the luxuries of fine wine, good times, and pliable women. They boast of their spurious role as gentlemen of leisure who manipulated women for self-promotion and sexual fa­vors.

Their goals were to make money at any cost with little regard for legalities. Through these lifestyles, the spurious and selfish prowess of each character creates significant consequences for them­selves and in the lives of oth­ers. This factor, along with an unplanned life-changing responsibility, sets the stage for the transformative es­sence of the book.

Williams, born in New Mexico and currently resid­ing in Oakland, holds a BS in journalism and mass commu­nication and a MA in leader­ship. He can be contacted at [email protected] com.

The author will conduct a book discussion and signing of “Pimps to Pops – A Jour­ney to Fatherhood,” on:

  • Saturday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at Railroad Book Depot, 650 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg, CA.
  • Saturday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m.– 3 p.m., at the African American Museum & Li­brary, 659 – 14th St., Oak­land.

Pimps To Pops – A Jour­ney To Fatherhood, is avail­able for purchase locally at:

  • Walden Pond Books, 3316 Grand Avenue Oak­land, CA
  • DeLauer’s Newsstand, 1310 Broadway, Oakland, CA
  • Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  • Book signing venues


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