Book Reviews of There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America

There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
There Are No Children Here The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Author: Alex Kotlowitz
ISBN-13: 9780385265560
ISBN-10: 0385265565
Publication Date: 1/5/1992
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
Oh, man...I had to read this for a college class and was bummed out. UNTIL I started to read it. WOW. Powerful, scary, uplifting, terrifying, sad, joyful, and true. I looked around my single dorm room a lot as I read it, amazed at all I had while wondering how these people who lived in the projects dealt with having almost nothing. As well as the poverty they had to deal with, there was also drug abuse, police harassment, violence, emotional insecurity, theft...so horrifying, and even more so when you remember that it is a true story.

But it's not all bleak. These are children, after all, and children have a resiliency, a bouyancy of spirit that keeps them optimistic and sometimes unaware of the seriousness of the lives lived around them. That's what these children bring to their mother's life: HOPE.

An amazing story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Moving, disturbing, brilliantly written. This is the true story of 2 boys growing up in a Chicago housing project - everyone should read it!
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Helpful Score: 1
a glimpse into the lives of those struggling for survival and dignity in inner-city america.
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This is one of my favorite books. It's so amazing that Alex Kotlowitz was able to experience these kids lives and be able to share it with the world. Most People are oblivious to the things that go on in Henry Horner or any other project in America and this book shows the every day struggle that "The Other America" goes through. At times I felt sick to my stomach while reading this book but it's the realness that affects you most of all. This book details building conditions (the way they were built to repairs never being made), violence and crime (the lack of police, also murders and gang activity), and families caught up in the middle trying to raise their kids the best they can with what they had.
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Chronicles the l;ives of two brothers in chicago's Henry Horner projects. A social commentary on our times.
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I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. It is about 2 young brothers and their family growing up in "the projects". Some of the stuff in the book will break your heart. The book reads more like adocumentary than a novel but very easy to follow along.

This would make a great book for a high school reading assignment.
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Excellent book. Amazing look at the other side of life.
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Sociology/Black Culture

Story of 2 boys in a Chicago housing project. Factual, with names changed to protect the innocent....
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The author is well experienced and fell into this story, becoming interested after helping out a friend with a some text to go with his photos. Chicago, the Henry Horner Homes Project. Read the chapter on the basement, if you dare.
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Though nearly 30 years have passed since the author followed Lafayette, Pharaoh and their family, this is still very much true to day in some parts of the country. As a social worker, this hit me to my core, but didn't surprise me.

My hope is that we, as communities, can do better to take care of our people and that we can truly work to end disparities that set up this divide in the first place.
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"In chronicling the lives of two brothers in the Henry Horner projects, Kotlowitz has achieved a triumph of empathy as well as a significant feat of reporting." LOS ANGELES TIMES
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this book is about 2 boys growing up poor in Chicago..
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Story of struggle for life and education in the inner city. A classic in education studies.
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This book has a name written on the outside pages and some underlining