Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

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Price
$24.95
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.9 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781631493119

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About the Author

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, where she is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project. She was a recipient of a MacArthur fellowship in 2001 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. In 2020, she won the Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, administered by the Library of Congress, that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. She is the author or coeditor of many books, including Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.

Reviews

Allen, whose writing is creative and accessible, uses her finely tuned talent to fold Michael's fate into the gathering storms of the U.S. criminal-justice system and Los Angeles' gang-related and racial turmoil. Both a searching, personal elegy and a sure-footed lamentation of the systems meant to protect us, this is a searing must-read.--Annie Bostrom
[Allen] puts a face to the numbing statistics of incarcerated young black boys and men. . . . At its heart, Allen's book is both an outcry and entreaty as she grapples with a painful reality.
What starts as a personal memoir, an effort to resurrect from oblivion a beloved cousin who died young, modulates in Allen's hands into a cool, reasoned, but ultimately devastating indictment of the War on Drugs and the sentencing regime it has given birth to. In plain terms, stripped of the jargon of the social sciences, she shows us what can await if you are young, black, and unlucky in today's United States.--J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of The Life and Times of Michael K
In this narrative of freedom and incarceration, education and disadvantage, rehabilitation and punishment, Danielle Allen paints an unforgettable portrait of a cousin she loved. The pacing is brisk and novelistic, but the message is large and clear: we need urgently to reform the system through which we process juveniles who commit crime, because the current system perpetuates the very injustices it was designed to address.--Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree
She's rightfully angry at what happened to her cousin, but it doesn't hide her empathy for families who endure hardship to visit their imprisoned loved ones, and it doesn't lessen her humanity toward the people whose imprisonment doesn't make sense. That, mixed with an aching, soaring joy are what you'll find in 'Cuz, ' and it's going to make you think--hard. Can you afford to miss that? No, make no mistake.--Terri Schlichenmeyer
The shattering story of her young cousin...'Cuz' is a powerful family memoir and study of the criminal justice system.--Tom Beer
A literary miracle of form and content. The book pleads with us to find the moral imagination to break the American pattern of racial abuse. Allen's ambitious, breathtaking book challenges the moral composition of the world it inhabits by telling all who listen: I loved my cousin and he loved me, and I know he'd be alive if you loved him, too.--Kiese Laymon
A compassionate retelling of an abjectly tragic story...Among the most valuable contributions Allen makes is forcing us to ask: To what end are we locking up our children? Are we not foreclosing their options before their lives have even begun?...Allen's analysis of gang culture--or "the parastate," as she calls it, with its own bylaws and tragic form of appeal--may be where she's at her ferocious best.--Jennifer Senior
Cuz is riveting, painfully personal, and profoundly lucid in its history telling. Allen's crystalline voice amazes despite the most bewildering behemoth topic.--Quiara AlegrΓ­a Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Water by the Spoonful
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