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Overview Examines the lives of two inner-city brothers who live in a Chicago housing project and their daily struggle for survival and enduring hope
Publishers Description This is the moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect.
"Alex Kotlowitz joins the ranks of the important few writers on the subiect of urban poverty." -- Chicago Tribune.
Awards and Recognitions There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America by Alex Kotlowitz has received the following awards and recognitions -
Helen Bernstein Book Award - 1992 Winner - Excellence in Journalism category
Citations And Professional Reviews There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America by Alex Kotlowitz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 55
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 120
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 61
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 112
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 5, 1992
ISBN 0385265565 ISBN13 9780385265560
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More About Alex Kotlowitz
ALEX KOTLOWITZ is the author of The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here, which was selected as one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library. He lives in Chicago.
Alex Kotlowitz currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
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There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America May 2, 2008
I found this book both rewarding and disturbing at the same time but appreciated that it took me out of my middle class comfort zone and reminded me that there are social and cultural inequities that continue to cry out urgently for solutions. Mr Kotlowitz has the ability to describe the lives of two young gentle souls who are raised as best their mother can against a system that tolerates, shamefully, physical surrounds and economic deprivations that most of us can only guess at. The author narrates his observations as he follows the children around and describes how they deal with the life they are dealt and the heroics involved in order to do so over a two year period. I think that the way we are shown how their loving mother has to go about her daily life should awaken in all of us a desire to help in any way we can, to find ways to ease the life of those who live in sub standard housing and the lack of more assistance to live a more comfortable and nurturing life. Without tackling such issues, we continue to condemn our youngsters to a way of life that inhibits their potential and ingrains the social ills that contribute significantly to their development. Mr Kotlowitz,in deciding to help those youngster personally, to give them the opportunity to study at a private school, whether they did or did not ultimately benefit from his generosity, is an example most of us can only dream about. I highly recommend this book to all who may wish to gain insight into a class in our society that cries out for understanding and assistance.
Incredible book to read depicting subsidized housing in Chgo Apr 23, 2008
Incredible book and this is a strong and valid depiction of life in the Chgo Housing Projects as seen through the eyes of 2 young boys and their family members. The uphill battles and huge struggles are incomprehensible. You don't have to be from Chgo to appreciate this.
Riveting look at poverty Jan 10, 2008
Kotlowitz has given us a striking example of the power of journalism.
This book is able to show the reader the plight of the urban poor without overly moralizing. Kotlowitz gives a straight ahead account of the lives of Lafeyette and Pharoah, the two brothers this book centers. Their struggles to retain their innocence while living in an environment that strips it away is mesmerizing.
I could not help but empathize with the families in this book. A lot of pundits will say that poor people are lazy, but this book brings a lot of their challenges to light. When survival is a day to day struggle, how can people be expected to get ahead? Kotlowitz details the struggles the boys and their families have in trying to improve their situation.
This book is a modern classic about poverty and its effects, in the vein of 'Down and Out in Paris and London' by George Orwell. Anyone wanting to understand 'welfare moms' and why they don't improve their situations should read this.
The other America indeed Sep 25, 2007
Nice mix of anecdote and historical background on life in inner city America. Excellent insight into the everyday difficulties faced by families and some of the root causes. This book, though almost 20 years old, still has a message that needs to be heard.
a sobering account of the horrendous state of America's impoverished Jul 18, 2007
You don't need to look to Africa or the Middle East to find crime and poverty. Millions live in gang-riddled public housing projects, where violence is a fact of life. If these thoughts don't stir your heart, this book will.