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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

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Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun. In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada’s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told.

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Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun. In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada’s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told.

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Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit, community-based organization serving more than 17,000 children and adults, which has been featured on The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes and in the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun (Beacon / 0423-4 / $14.00 pb) and Reaching Up for Manhood (Beacon / 2317-4 / $16.00 pb).

 

Jamar Nicholas is an artist and educator. He was previously editorial cartoonist at the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest African American newspaper. He teaches at Moore College of Art and lives in Philadelphia.

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Owen Lloyd, July 19, 2011 (view all comments by Owen Lloyd)
A very interesting and informative look into the life of a child who grew up in The Bronx during the 1950s and 1960s. The author gives us a picture of what it was like to be a boy living in the ghetto, and the ways that boys adapted to an environment of intense violence.

Beyond all of this it's an entertaining read, depressing as it might be at times. The illustrations are rather good, and lend the story another level of depth. Kudos to whoever recognized this story would benefit from such a conversion.

I have only a couple complaints. First, that the author didn't really talk about what life was like for GIRLS in the ghetto. Although I realize the author himself was a boy with no sisters, I think he'd still have some insight into the sort of violence girls experienced during his childhood. Second, I wish the book was longer, or did a better job explaining how he escaped the culture of violence and became the man he is today.

But on the whole, this is a great work, and highly recommended for anyone trying to make sense of life in the ghetto or understand the history of gang violence.
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ISBN:
9780807044490
Author:
Canada, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Illustrator:
Nicholas, Jamar
Author:
Nicholas, Jamar
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
violence;memoir;non-fiction;crime;children;sociology;gangs;biography;poverty
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
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Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.85 x 6 x .35 in .51 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun. In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada’s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told.
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