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The Hustle by Doug Merlino
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May 05, 2011

it was ok
Read from May 18 to 22, 2011

Set in Seattle, true story about race, discrimination, educational opportunities and the lives of a group of two sets of kids merged to form a basketball team and the opportunities or lack thereof that the kids encounter, contrasting the white kids against the black kids. The author was one of those kids and spent much time researching the history of the city and the schools and talking with his former teammaters - one of whom was killed and another incarcerated.

There's a lot of history and background information that was somewhat off-putting as I wanted to hear more about the kids and their lives, but it explains why things were the way they were and what the kids had to deal with when growing up.
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