emi Bevacqua's Reviews > Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
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Jun 30, 09

bookshelves: haunting, non-fiction, race-relations
Read in January, 2004

I just saw this book is listed #7 on Newsweek's "What To Read" list and am mortified that I'd forgotten to include it here. I loved this book, it blew my mind, that somebody with an Ivy League education spent 10 years undercover in the Bronx, meticulously researching for this book about urban poverty. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc managed to gain the trust of a family network and eloquently presented their stories in a way that does them justice. She sheds light on the effects of imprisonment, not just on the incarcerated but on their children and "wives" as well.
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