An American summer: love and death in Chicago

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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 about 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. Applying the close-up, empathic reporting that made There Are No Children Here a modern classic, Kotlowitz offers a piercingly honest portrait of a city in turmoil. These sketches of those left standing will get into your bones. This one summer will stay with you.
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subject_facetAfrican American youth -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social conditions -- 21st century
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Victims of violent crime -- Illinois -- Chicago
Violent crimes -- Illinois -- Chicago
Youth and violence -- Illinois -- Chicago
title_displayAn American summer : love and death in Chicago
title_fullAn American Summer Love and Death in Chicago
An American summer : love and death in Chicago / Alex Kotlowitz
title_shortAn American summer
title_sublove and death in Chicago
topic_facetAfrican American youth
African Americans
Nonfiction
Politics
Social conditions
Sociology
Victims of violent crime
Violent crimes
Youth and violence