The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 4, 2012 - Social Science - 336 pages
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In The Other Side of the River, Kotlowitz takes us to southern Michigan. Here, separated by the St. Joseph River, are two towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Geographically close, they are worlds apart, a living metaphor for America's racial divisions: St. Joseph is a prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a black teenaged boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the two towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into the young man's death becomes, inevitably, a screen on which each town projects their resentments and fears.


The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery--and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America. In this gripping and ultimately profound book, Alex Kotlowitz proves why he is one of this country's foremost writers on the ever explosive issue of race.
  

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The ending left me with a feeling of ambivalence. - Goodreads
Incredibly well researched saga of southwest Michigan. - Goodreads
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This book is a nonfiction writing by a reporter. - Goodreads

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I read this book after I saw it on Sarah's bookshelf and I knew I was going to be attending a wedding over on that side of the state. Although it was a little dated, the premise of this non-fiction ... Read full review

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Contents

THE BODY
1
A PRELUDE
7
THE COP
13
FAMILY
25
AND FRIENDS
39
A Tale in Four Parts 6 THE SHOOTER
45
THE PREACHER
55
THE PROSECUTOR
65
FIssuREs
169
A CONNECTION
179
THE GANcsTA
191
THE FIRECRACKERS A GIRL NAMED TERESA AND OTHER ASSORTED MATTERS
207
A THEORY
215
THE RIVER
225
THE BODY
235
ANOTHER THEORY
247

THE DENTIST
73
A BREAK IN THE CAsE
81
THE ELK
91
THE GIRLFRIEND
97
THE OTHER GIRLFRIEND
105
ANOTHER VIEW
115
SUSPICIONS
121
THE ASPIRING SHERIFF
133
OFF THE RECORD
141
A Tale in Three Parts 18 THE SEPARATIsT
149
THE POWERS THAT BE
157
A TALE IN ONE PART
255
FAMILY
273
THE COP
279
RIPPLESAND WHITECAPS
286
A FINAL NOTE
301
On the Reporting
309
The Cast
311
Afterward
313
Acknowledgments
319
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About the author (2012)

Alex Kotlowitz is author of the bestselling There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, which won the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. Mr. Kotlowitz is also the author of The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America's Dilemma, and most recently, Never a City So Real.

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