Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations...more
Although LeBlanc zooms in on several family members, she focuses on the lives of Coco and Jessica, two Latina women who at the beginning of the book are mid-teens--a vulnerable stage where they're trying to build their identities, impress others, and be experimental. This is where they start to make detrimental ch ...more
"Back in their own Crystal ...more
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This book was pretty good... about a family in the Bronx that she followed for ten years.
It relates to poverty/race a bit- it's interesting to see how they survive- unfortunately jail shows up too often.
I know "interesting to see" sounds detached... but that's ...more
Politicians rail about welfare queens, crack babies and deadbeat dads, but what do they know about the real struggle it takes to survive being poor?
Journalist LeBlanc spent some 10 years researching and interviewing one extended family-mother Lourdes, daughter Jessica, daughter-in-law ...more
This is a work of narrative nonfiction, following an extended family and their friends for about 17 years. The subjects are impoverished Puerto Rican-Americans and the setting is the Bronx (and upstate New York) from the mid-1980s through the beginning of the 21st century. Despite claims to the contrary, it does not re ...more
This book is a commitment of time on the reader's part. I ...more
"Mercedes’s predicament extended beyond personal history or fa ...more
This is a 10 year long look into an extended family living in the South Bronx. I read this because it was recommended in one of the articles I read about Orange is the New Black. The family lives in the web of extreme poverty a ...more
If you don't know poverty then after reading this book you will. This book gives you a better understanding of h ...more
I grew up fairly poor, poorer than nearly everybody I now currently know. I still never even came close to the dept ...more