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The Waiting Period Book

The Jewelry Box Book

Brian Copeland: Not a Genuine Black Man


It was 2008 and after a soul crushing series of calamities (my wife had left, the grandmother who raised me died suddenly, I had a devastating car crash followed by spinal cord surgery and a long recovery) I found myself in such a severe state of depression that I decided to purchase a gun to end my life. During the mandatory 10-day waiting period between purchase and being able to take possession of the firearm, I was able to come out the other side.

Based on my award winning one man show of the same name, THE WAITING PERIOD uses comedy and pathos to explore my battle with suicidal depression and the most effective way to approach the subject with a loved one or close friend.

I want to share this message because THE WAITING PERIOD (currently playing at The Marsh in San Francisco) has literally saved lives. Suicidal people have changed their minds and sought help after seeing the show. Through my story, family members have recognized the signs of suicidal depression and ideation in their loved ones and were able to intervene before tragedy struck. I hope to reach a much larger audience with this book and have the same positive effect.





A holiday memoir about hope, faith and Christmas miracles. It's December of 1970 in East Oakland and six year old Brian Copeland wants to make his mother smile with a brand new jewelry box for Christmas. How can he possibly raise the needed $11.97 by Christmas Eve? Follow the hilarious, poignant journey of a determined child as he discovers the true meaning of the season.





The memoir that started it all, "Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider" is available at


You may also purchase a copy by calling at:
(800) 999-7901 or (415) 927-0960.

The book reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, San Leandro California was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, the then eight-year-old Brian and his African-American family moved to San Leandro. In a monologue that's both funny and poignant, Brian explores how our surroundings make us who we are.

Publisher's Weekly, People, Ebony, and The Boston Globe rave about the book. Read reviews on the E-press Kit page.

Brian's memoir was also honored as an official selection for Silicon Valley Reads.

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