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The Other Side of the River A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America"s Dilemma by Alex Kotlowitz

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Published by Anchor .
Written in English


Book details:

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Number of Pages336
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7440110M
ISBN 10038547721X
ISBN 109780385477215
OCLC/WorldCa40760859

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If it could only be black n' white. The Other Side of the River is a non-fiction book that discusses the death of a young African American from Benton Harbor. The book also covers the racial divide between the towns of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, MI. Cutting right through the two towns is the St. Joe River/5. About The Other Side of the River Bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz is one of this country’s foremost writers on the ever explosive issue of race. In this gripping and ultimately profound book, Kotlowitz takes us to two towns in southern Michigan, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, separated by the St. Joseph River.   Another is The Russländer (also titled Katya) by Sandra Birdsell. Janice L. Dick's new novel, Other Side of the River, stacks up well in comparison with these. In some respects, Dick's story is The Russländer on steroids. As the novel opens, it's in the Siberian village of Alexandrovka/5. 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 4/5(6).

McGinnis, a black teenager, was found drowned in a narrow river separating two small communities, one white and well-to-do (St. Joseph), the other black and desperately poor (Benton Harbor). The facts of McGinnis's death are, Kotlowitz notes, ``elusive And your perspective is shaped by which side of the river you live on.''Author: Alex Kotlowitz. Alex Kotlowitz – The Other Side of the River (Book Review) Alex Kotlowitz’s The Other Side of the River is a disturbing look at race relations in America. Set in both the picturesque white town of St. Joseph and its poor black neighbor, Benton Harbor, it portrays a culture where tension and mistrust are always threatening to boil over. The book, The Other Side of the River, by Alex Kotlowitz, investigates the relationship between two Michigan cities, as well as the death of Eric McGinnis. The two towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, are called the twin cities, though they are anything but. accomplished this in The Other Side of the River by bringing in other elements and stories involving poverty, race, safety, and more; literally using the death of Eric McGinnis as an excuse to tell a story yearning to be untold, one of the lives, deaths, and mentalities, of thousands of people, white and black alike/5(2).

The Other Side of the River, by Alex Kotlowitz, is a story based on true events that took place in two towns in Michigan regarding the death of a black teenage boy .     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 4/5(7). NYTimes - The Other Side of the River Reviews in the NY Times tend to be lengthy and literary, tracking the book's creation through the development and writing process, with a look at what makes both book and author unique. A summary is balanced with details on the book's writing style and themes. Estimated Read Time: 4 minutes. "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 /5(27).