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There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
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May 31, 10

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010-nonfiction
Read in May, 2010

There are no Children Here: the Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, by Alex Kotlowitz, narrated by Dion Graham, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the true life portrait of two boys, Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, ages 11 and 9 when the story begins in 1987. The author, a famous journalist, kept track of the family for four years. This included the two boys, their mother, and the six other children she had, plus a father who lived there sometimes, and various and sundry relatives who lived with them from time to time. They all lived in the Henry Horner Project in Chicago under conditions worse than I could ever imagine. During this four years, the author watched the boys go through many tragedies, such as friends shot and killed, their older brother going off to jail, trying to steer clear of gangs, the indifference of the welfare system and the juvenile court system to children, and the constant danger of erupting gunfire which forced the family to run for cover at any time, not unlike the war in places like Sarajevo. The New York Public Library, list this book as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century.

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