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Cold New World: Growing Up in Harder Country

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"New Yorker" contributor William Finnegan offers a brilliant, empathetic report on an overlooked population--the young people who will be the next millennium's first adults, coming of age in an America of shrinking expectations.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 7th 1999 by Modern Library (first published May 12th 1998)
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Fantastic. A sensitive, patient, observant book about the effect of urban poverty on US families in the 1990s, seen through four families in four cities. Exhaustively reported, carefully written, and beautifully argued. Finnegan knows how much of himself and his own biases to allow into the work--enough to buck false objectivity, but not so much as to prevent the people who's writing about from speaking for themselves. Ultimately it's an indictment of Finnegan's own generation, who as he says (q ...more
Lauren Farmer
I would have rated this book higher if I had not read the epilogue. Interesting stories, I just disagree with some of the author's analyses of how to fix the problems these young people face.
Daniel Lovins
First chapter follows a New Haven family during the hight of the crack epidemic, with interesting insights into inner city social conditions, welfare, criminal justice, poverty, etc.
I'm reading this with my students. I've assigned it to my "Adolescence" course.
Great portrait of poverty in New Haven, CT.
Extremely informational and interesting.
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