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Ordinary Resurrections by Jonathan Kozol
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Jul 24, 09

Recommended to Elisabeth by: Joe
Read in November, 2008

This is the first of Jonathan Kozol's books that I've read, and I got a lot of inspiration from it at a time when I've really been needing just that. I own and direct an early childhood center that's populated mostly by high-risk families, and I'd been feeling frustrated and hopeless lately by the minor crises and disappointments that come along with my job. I picked up this book in hopes that it would would give me some perspective and renewed purpose, and it did. The stories of the children in this book are at times heartbreaking and depressing, but they are also uplifting, hopeful, and most of all, real. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Elio, Pineapple, and the rest of the children at St. Ann's personally. Kozol is a a gifted writer, and an incredible man. He has touched many lives in the Mott Haven community, simply with the gift of his time and attention. I admire his dedication and commitment to be a voice for a community that is so often without one..

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