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The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemmaby Alex Kotlowitz
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When the body of a black teenager is found in the St. Joseph's River, unhealed wounds and suspicions surface between two Michigan towns. Beautifully written and painstakingly reported, "The Other Side of the River" sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery and with others.
In The Other Side of the River, Kotlowitz brings readers to two Michigan towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Separated by the St. Joseph River, they are geographically close, yet worlds apart: St. Joseph is a 95 percent white, prosperous lakeshore community, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and 92 percent black. When the body of a black teenage boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the two towns populations surface as well. The investigation into Eric Mcginnis's death inevitably becomes a screen onto which each community projects its resentments and fears. Beautifully written and painstakingly reported, The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery and others - and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America. This powerful story challenges us to think about our own assumptions about race, no matter which side of the river we live on.
The story of a kind of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don't even think exists—from a leading national poverty expert who “defies convention” (New York Times)
About the Author
Kathryn J. Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, recognized for using both quantitative research and direct, in-depth observation to illuminate key mysteries about people living in poverty: “In a field of poverty experts who rarely meet the poor, Edin usefully defies convention” (New York Times). Her books include Promises I Can't Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage and Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City. Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
H. Luke Shaefer is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a research affiliate at the National Poverty Center. Nationally recognized for his research on poverty, Shaefer’s research has been cited in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and National Review, among numerous other news outlets.
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