The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Author: Jeff Hobbs
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 406
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 1476731918
ISBN 13: 9781476731919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Book Review:

Traces a young man's effort to escape the dangers of the streets and his own nature after graduating from Yale, describing his youth in violent 1980s Newark, efforts to navigate two fiercely insular worlds and life-ending drug deals. 75,000 first printing.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Author: Jeff Hobbs
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2014-09-23
ISBN 10: 1476731926
ISBN 13: 9781476731926
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Book Review:

An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review). When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks. A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly).

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Author: Jeff Hobbs
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 406
Release: 2014-09-23
ISBN 10: 147673190X
ISBN 13: 9781476731902
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Book Review:

Presents the life of Robert Peace, an African American who became a brillant biochemistry student at Yale University, but after graduation lived as drug dealer and was brutally murdered at the age of thirty.

The Tourists

The Tourists
Author: Jeff Hobbs
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2008-08-12
ISBN 10: 0743290968
ISBN 13: 9780743290968
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tourists Book Review:

Wandering the streets of Manhattan while thinking about the lives of his three former Yale classmates, a disaffected professional considers how their respective quests for happiness have remained unfulfilled in spite of their financial successes. A first novel. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Show Them You're Good

Show Them You're Good
Author: Jeff Hobbs
Publsiher: Scribner
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-08-18
ISBN 10: 1982116331
ISBN 13: 9781982116330
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Show Them You're Good Book Review:

The bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace presents a brilliant and transcendent work that closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college. Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Author Jeff Hobbs, writing with heart, sensitivity, and insight, stunningly captures the challenges and triumphs of being a young person confronting the future—both their own and the cultures in which they live—in contemporary America. Combining complex social issues with the compelling experience of the individual, Hobbs takes us deep inside these boys’ worlds. The foursome includes Carlos, the younger son of undocumented delivery workers, who aims to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend an Ivy League college; Tio harbors serious ambitions to become an engineer despite a father who doesn’t believe in him; Jon, devoted member of the academic decathalon team, struggles to put distance between himself and his mother, who is suffocating him with her own expectations; and Owen, raised in a wealthy family, can’t get serious about academics but knows he must. Filled with portraits of secondary characters including friends, peers, parents, teachers, and girlfriends, this masterwork of immersive journalism is both intimate and profound and destined to ignite conversations about class, race, expectations, cultural divides, and even the concept of fate. Hobbs’s portrayal of these young men is not only revelatory and relevant, but also moving, eloquent, and indelibly powerful.

Sons of Cain

Sons of Cain
Author: Peter Vronsky
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-08-14
ISBN 10: 0698176146
ISBN 13: 9780698176140
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sons of Cain Book Review:

From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes. Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no "serial killers." There were only "monsters"--killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos. In Sons of Cain--a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime--investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers--Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called the definitive history of serial murder--he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia, as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or "political" serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers. These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and--as popular culture has demonstrated--uniquely fascinating.

Project Girl

Project Girl
Author: Janet McDonald
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2000-10-10
ISBN 10: 9780520223455
ISBN 13: 0520223454
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Project Girl Book Review:

Recounts the story of Janet McDonald, who grew up in the New York projects and graduated from Vassar College, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and New York University School of Law, before becoming a lawyer in Paris.

February House

February House
Author: Sherill Tippins
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2016-07-26
ISBN 10: 0544987365
ISBN 13: 9780544987364
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

February House Book Review:

An “irresistible” account of a little-known literary salon and creative commune in 1940s Brooklyn (The Washington Post Book World). A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year February House is the true story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers—and America’s best-known burlesque performer—in a house at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn. It was a fevered yearlong party, fueled by the appetites of youth and a shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before the country entered World War II. In spite of the sheer intensity of life at 7 Middagh, the house was for its residents a creative crucible. Carson McCullers’s two masterpieces, The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, were born, bibulously, in Brooklyn. Gypsy Rose Lee, workmanlike by day, party girl by night, wrote her book The G-String Murders in her Middagh Street bedroom. W. H. Auden—who, along with Benjamin Britten, was being excoriated back in England for absenting himself from the war—presided over the house like a peevish auntie, collecting rent money and dispensing romantic advice. And yet all the while, he was composing some of the most important work of his career. Enlivened by primary sources and an unforgettable story, this tale of daily life at the most fertile and improbable live-in salon of the twentieth century comes from the acclaimed author of Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel. “Brimming with information . . . The personalities she depicts [are] indelibly drawn.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review “Magnificent . . . Not to mention funny and raunchy.” —The Seattle Times

A Hope in the Unseen

A Hope in the Unseen
Author: Ron Suskind
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-08-18
ISBN 10: 0307763080
ISBN 13: 9780307763082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Hope in the Unseen Book Review:

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Cook Up

The Cook Up
Author: D. Watkins
Publsiher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 1455588644
ISBN 13: 9781455588640
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cook Up Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE O MAGAZINE BEST SUMMER BOOK Told by the man who lived it, The Cook Up is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade as portrayed in the hit HBO series, The Wire. The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.

Top Student, Top School?

Top Student, Top School?
Author: Alexandria Walton Radford
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-05-06
ISBN 10: 022604095X
ISBN 13: 9780226040950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Top Student, Top School? Book Review:

Most of us think that valedictorians can write their own ticket. By reaching the top of their class they have proven their merit, so their next logical step should be to attend the nation’s very best universities. Yet in Top Student, Top School?, Alexandria Walton Radford, of RTI Internatoinal, reveals that many valedictorians do not enroll in prestigious institutions. Employing an original five-state study that surveyed nine hundred public high school valedictorians, she sets out to determine when and why valedictorians end up at less selective schools, showing that social class makes all the difference. Radford traces valedictorians’ paths to college and presents damning evidence that high schools do not provide sufficient guidance on crucial factors affecting college selection, such as reputation, financial aid, and even the application process itself. Left in a bewildering environment of seemingly similar options, many students depend on their parents for assistance—and this allows social class to rear its head and have a profound impact on where students attend. Simply put, parents from less affluent backgrounds are far less informed about differences in colleges’ quality, the college application process, and financial aid options, which significantly limits their child’s chances of attending a competitive school, even when their child has already managed to become valedictorian. Top Student, Top School? pinpoints an overlooked yet critical juncture in the education process, one that stands as a barrier to class mobility. By focusing solely on valedictorians, it shows that students’ paths diverge by social class even when they are similarly well-prepared academically, and this divergence is traceable to specific failures by society, failures that we can and should address. Watch an interview of Alexandria Walton Radford discussing her book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F81c1D1BpY0

Best Intentions

Best Intentions
Author: Robert Sam Anson
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-03-16
ISBN 10: 0307756998
ISBN 13: 9780307756992
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Best Intentions Book Review:

A complex, poignant exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the case of Edmund Perry. Perry, a seventeen-year-old black honors student from Harlem, was fatally shot by a young white plainclothes policeman in 1985 in an alleged mugging attempt. Perry had recently graduated from Philips Exeter Academy and was to attend Stanford University that fall. The shooting and the subsequent case, in which Edmund's elder brother Jonah, an undergraduate at Cornell University, was accused, tried, and found not guilty, drew national headlines and was the subject of heated debate among black and white communities alike. Using interviews with Perry's parents, friends, and former teachers in Harlem and at Exeter, journalist Robert Sam Anson has written a compelling account of a boy caught between two worlds and a profound portrait of the state of race in America.

The Cultural Matrix

The Cultural Matrix
Author: Orlando Patterson,Ethan Fosse
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 675
Release: 2015-02-09
ISBN 10: 0674728750
ISBN 13: 9780674728752
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cultural Matrix Book Review:

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author: Junot Daz
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 339
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1594483299
ISBN 13: 9781594483295
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Review:

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

The Stickup Kids

The Stickup Kids
Author: Randol Contreras
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0520273370
ISBN 13: 9780520273375
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stickup Kids Book Review:

Randol Contreras came of age in the South Bronx during the 1980s, a time when the community was devastated by cuts in social services, a rise in arson and abandonment, and the rise of crack-cocaine. For this riveting book, he returns to the South Bronx with a sociological eye and provides an unprecedented insider’s look at the workings of a group of Dominican drug robbers. Known on the streets as “Stickup Kids,” these men raided and brutally tortured drug dealers storing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and cash. As a participant observer, Randol Contreras offers both a personal and theoretical account for the rise of the Stickup Kids and their violence. He mainly focuses on the lives of neighborhood friends, who went from being crack dealers to drug robbers once their lucrative crack market opportunities disappeared. The result is a stunning, vivid, on-the-ground ethnographic description of a drug robbery’s violence, the drug market high life, the criminal life course, and the eventual pain and suffering experienced by the casualties of the Crack Era. Provocative and eye-opening, The Stickup Kids urges us to explore the ravages of the drug trade through weaving history, biography, social structure, and drug market forces. It offers a revelatory explanation for drug market violence by masterfully uncovering the hidden social forces that produce violent and self-destructive individuals. Part memoir, part penetrating analysis, this book is engaging, personal, deeply informed, and entirely absorbing.

Social Capital

Social Capital
Author: David Halpern
Publsiher: Polity
Total Pages: 388
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 0745625479
ISBN 13: 9780745625478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Capital Book Review:

This work presents an introduction to the concept of social capital - a term which refers to the social networks, informal structures and norms that facilitate individual and collective action.

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature
Author: Steven Pinker
Publsiher: Penguin Group USA
Total Pages: 802
Release: 2012-09
ISBN 10: 0143122010
ISBN 13: 9780143122012
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Better Angels of Our Nature Book Review:

Presents a controversial history of violence which argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure.

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas
Author: Anand Giridharadas
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-05-05
ISBN 10: 0393239500
ISBN 13: 9780393239508
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas Book Review:

Describes how a Bangladeshi immigrant, shot in the Dallas mini mart where he worked in the days after September 11 in a revenge crime, forgives his assailant and petitions the State of Texas to spare his attacker the death penalty. 20,000 first printing.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Author: Harold S. Kushner
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 9780307430205
ISBN 13: 0307430200
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Bad Things Happen to Good People Book Review:

The #1 bestselling inspirational classic from the nationally known spiritual leader; a source of solace and hope for over 4 million readers. When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. In these pages, Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus
Author: Albert Camus
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-10-31
ISBN 10: 0141914173
ISBN 13: 9780141914176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Myth of Sisyphus Book Review:

In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide? As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of death constantly overshadows us. Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, The Myth of Sisyphus argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, the settings of his great novels The Outsider and The Plague. Albert Camus is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, all of which are published by Penguin. They include The Fall, The Outsider and The First Man. He is remembered as one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of post-war France, but beyond that, his fame has been international. Translated by Justin O'Brien With an Introduction by James Wood