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An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
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Fishface | 12100 comments This one, by the author of There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, came out March 5th, 2019 and discusses the atrocious gun death spree in Chicago this summer from the point of view of the survivors, and even some of the killers.

Here and now I would like to thank Alex Kotlowitz for not writing this book about Detroit.


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Lady ♥ Belleza (bella_foxx) | 3365 comments Mod
"The numbers are staggering: over the past twenty years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire. What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing of individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity--and the breaking point--of the human heart and soul. The result is a spellbinding collection of deeply intimate profiles that upend what we think we know about gun violence in America. Among others, we meet a man who as a teenager killed a rival gang member, and twenty years later is still trying to come to terms with what he's done; a devoted school social worker struggling with her favorite student, who refuses to give evidence in the shooting death of his best friend; the witness to a wrongful police shooting who can't shake what he has seen; and an aging former gang leader who builds a place of refuge for himself and his friends."


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