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Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

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ISBN-13: 978-0813546186
ISBN-10: 0813546184
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"Luke and Jennifer Reynolds...took the risk of compiling this eclectic volume, which considers risk in personal contexts, writing contexts, global contexts. Their book's charm is in its breadth, in its ability to blend literary flair with social conscience."
--Brad Buchholz, The Austin-American Statesman


"Formidable, inspiring, beautiful." - Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao "Dedicated to the People of Darfur gathers an array of voices on the subject of risk: whether it's the smaller daily risks of creativity and love or the terrors of facing wartime violence. The book moves nimbly from hilarious to somber and back again, in a richly varied and thoughtful exploration of the human condition." - Michelle Wildgen, author of But Not for Long and You're Not You"

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"Some of the most celebrated contemporary writers eloquently explore the idea of risk taking, risk that shakes us out of apathy and ignites both deeply personal change and broader social transformation."  --KHALED HOSSEINI, bestselling author of And the Mountains Echoed

"Formidable, inspiring, beautiful." --JUNOT DIAZ, bestselling author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"The book moves nimbly from hilarious to somber and back again, in a richly varied and thoughtful exploration of the human condition." --MICHELLE WILDGEN, author of But Not for Long and You're Not You
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813546184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813546186
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Luke Reynolds currently teaches 7th grade English in the public school system in Harvard, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two young boys and a young dog who is intent on waking up those young boys as often as possible. Luke is a lover of writing, running, pancakes, hiking, and all things goofy. His website is www.lukewreynolds.com, and he blogs at http://reynoldsluke.blogspot.com. One of his favorite quotes is: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is engaged in a battle." -Philo

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I am thrilled by the variety of contributors and topics and by the quality of the writing. I heard about the book from one of the featured authors, Tom Grimes. So, of course I read his essay first and was very moved by the story of his struggle with depression and his fear that Prozac would dull his instrument, his desire to write. All of the authors give you something to think about as they explore fear, risk, and hope. They reveal important information about themselves, which in turn causes us to ponder our own responses to risk and fear, and how we turn hopeless situations into hopeful ones. Thank you for putting the book together. It's simply great, kind of a Live Aid in writing.
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I stumbled across this book quite by accident, but was drawn to it because of the involvement of several authors I admire. I figured I could skip around and just read the pieces that caught my fancy. The George Saunders forward alone was so dazzling that I knew I was on to something. Then, reading the unpretentious preface by Luke and Jennifer Reynolds, I realized that this project was not only a collection about fear, risk and hope, but that its very existence was an illustration of the power of our desire and imagination, and that it _is_ possible to chip away at the fortresses of despair.

As it turns out, I didn't skip around; I read every piece at least once. I didn't love every essay in this collection, but I gleaned something from nearly all of them... at nearly fifty pieces, those are damned good odds! Many of the contributors are giants in their fields, winners of the most prestigious awards and such, while others are "emerging." I bought the book because of a few favorite authors, but some of the most memorable contributions were by people I previously knew nothing about, but will now go on to follow fervently.

The writings are self-contained and short enough that the reader can dip into one on a lunch break or a wait at the bus stop, coming and going to them in a break between novels, etc. Thus, having the book on Kindle was useful.

I feel incredibly lucky to have happened upon and purchased this collection. Its essays have seeped into my daily life. I feel less overwhelmed by the proliferation of Goliaths, as I tune up my slingshot. Facing down lions, I am reminded that we are all Spartacus.

Highly recommended; worth every penny!
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By Yanet on July 7, 2013
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Not worth the money I had to spend. I would not recommend buying it for a light read. Actually I wouldn't recommend buying it for a required read. Don't waste your money.
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