Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich Evicted by Matthew Desmond Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol The Working Poor by David K. Shipler Hand to. Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s classic book on life and death in the South Bronx—the poorest urban neighborhood of the United States. He. Amazing Grace is an audiobook about about the hearts of children who grow up in the South Bronx—the poorest congressional district of our children .

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He brings us into overcrowded schools, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested homes where families have been ravaged by depression and anxiety, drug-related violence, and the spread of AIDS. But he also introduces us to devoted and unselfish teachers, dedicated ministers, and—at the heart and center of the book—courageous and delightful children.

The children we come to meet through the friendships they have formed with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous, and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them. Amidst all of the despair, it is the very young whose luminous capacity for love and transcendent sense of faith in human decency give reason for hope.

A Labor of love by a deeply humane man. He knows how to ask questions, to listen patiently, and to treat the answers he gets with a respect that borders on courtliness…Kozol is an important wrtier, but he is also an important presence. What he says must be heard. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference.

I was alternately moved to tears and outrage. Amazing Grace is written in a gentle and measured tone, but you will wonder at the end, with Kozol, why the God of love does not return to earth with his avenging sword in hand. By capturing the moral courage, eloquence, and spiritual resilience of his subjects, Jonathan Kozol has created a moving and critical narrative written I the spirit of the gospels, infused with love and steeped in the principles of justice.

I believe Amazing Grace to be the finest book of its kind. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross. He travels and lectures about educational inequality and racial injustice. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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This is a most amazing sociological and literary look into the lives of amazing people. It should be required reading for anyone who thinks they want to be a true educator. Jonathan Kozol has a writing style that makes you feel you are walking beside him, where so many people are forgotten and hope can be hard to come by.

He reminds me of a combination Chaplain, social worker and great educator. The book gives a very realistic picture of so many who live in poverty, where systems are broken, but where heroes can be found in everyday places who just give from what they have. As for condition of hardback: This is a story about a very different kind of community, in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country.

The question most readers are left with in their hearts is to ask, can this community jonxthan changed? And if so, what would it take to make that happen? A useful parameter in this text is that it is written, presumably, from the voices of the children who are in this unknown-to-us reality of dire impoverishment. A valid criticism of the book is that there is not even an indirect suggestion for “what’s next” in terms of response to poverty, or change.

I assign this book as part of my Community Psychology course, and most with whom I’m discussed this book, when asked what was most memorable, reference the teddy bears in the trees. There is a park where single mothers buy drugs and clean needle exchanges take place, and there is a set-apart place in the park for the children of the women, in order to keep them amazlng from the transactions.

Community members have jonathqn teddy bears on the branches of the trees there, and it is depicted as a fun place for the kids to play.

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It makes me think of the daycare in the upscale grocery store, where parents leave the kids while they go buy what they need At this point late the content is over 15 years old Published inobviously written before published. Demographics have changed and we know of other U. Still, it’s an important book to read to remind us of a sombering relationship of social science constructs: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I recommend it highly to anyone who thinks this is “post-racial America” and to all who care.


The streets are dangerous now. Not just in huge cities, either. These kids and their parents are as brave, as strong, and as smart as they can possibly be.

And yet, there just is no “out”. Great quality and timing. Content had me crying in the shower. I love this book and have read it many wmazing. I brings to life a way of life that many people will never encounter or understand. It shows that most poor people do not chose to live in poverty and in fact haven’t always lived this way.

No matter how hard you try sometimes bad things just seem to happen. Even in her dire situation people in this book still find a bit of good in other and while there lives seem unimaginable, they are still helping others. Always leaves me wanting to do more! Thank you for all your books Mr. Grafe was given this book when I started to work as an inner city physician.

I was wanting to understand more about what brings one to a place in their life where they had lost a sense of who they were.

I also wanted to know more about what helps people survive.

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Jonothan Kozal’s books are so beautifully written, gentle and extremely moving. They have taught me a lot about the questions that I have and the people I serve.

I believe they should be included in every school curriculum. It is hard to believe these living conditions are still taking place in our country. It is a sad commentary.

One person found this helpful. This may be one of the most important book I’ve read in years. Kozol reveals unimaginable struggles in the inner city, and makes the vague term “the poor” all the more personal. The stories of families and children living in unacceptable conditions can break the hardest of hearts. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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