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Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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*Starred Review* Jones was only five years old when she was taken away from her family after a teacher noticed signs of sexual abuse. After being bounced around from house to house for three years, Jones’ caseworker takes her to South Central Los Angeles and the home of Big Mom, a tough, religious African American woman caring for her four grandchildren. Here, Jones finally finds a home and a family and quickly learns the rules of the neighborhood, which is run by the Bloods. Her two older brothers, Tyrell and Taye, join the gang, and Jones longs to as well, even after both brothers go to jail for different offenses. In spite of terrible losses—Jones calls a friend she saw just the night before and learns that he has been murdered—Jones becomes a provider for her family by running drugs. Eventually, she surprises even herself by doing what she once thought was impossible: getting into college and leaving South Central. Raw and powerful, Jones’ memoir is unforgettable, painting a vivid picture of a world most of us turn away from, one that thrives on loyalty and love amid all the bloodshed. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Margaret B. Jones, born in Pomona, California, was brought up in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in ethnic studies and is an active member of International Brother/SisterHood, which works to reduce gang violence and mentor urban teens. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423360575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423360575
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,244,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had ordered this at the library even before the newstories had come out about the fraudulent nature of both book and author. I had read an article in the NYTimes magazine, with many photos, and though I had no idea at that time of any fakery, I remember thinking how odd it was that a young woman who had grown up in the ghetto, and who identified as part of the black gansta culture, would have a rather expensive looking home, decorated ala Pottery Barn. Additionally, she stated that her 8 year old daughter "was the first white baby she'd ever seen, so at first she thought there was something wrong with her" and that she was concieved with the first white man the author had ever slept with. Both these statements sounded rather implausible: who (even from TV) has not seen a white infant? and she's had many black boyfriends, but only ever got pregnant by the sole white boyfriend she had?

However, that in and of itself was not reason to refuse to read the book or to consider it false. But by the time the book came in, the newstory had broken. I mention this because before I could read "Love and Consequences" with an open mind, I knew the facts behind the case. Therefore, it is impossible for me to know how I would have reacted to it without bias, or how it might have fooled serious reviewers such as NYTs Michiko Kakutami. There is a suspicion I have that reviewers were weighted down with the sense of "political correctness" -- that if such a book WAS real, it would be improper not to treat it both seriously and gently...to overlook its obvious flaws.

How to review it then? as a "fake memoir" or a sincere piece of fiction? By either standard, I am afraid that "Love and Consequences" is not a very good book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book, billed as a truthful memoir of the life of a white girl raised by a black family in the South Central LA ghetto, is not factual, but is in fact the product of "Margaret B. Jones's" very febrile imagination. For starters: White children are not placed in black foster homes; the author claimed to be of mixed American Indian - White, but not a drop of the former made it into her face; that the first thing she did with the money from her first drug sale was buy a cemetery plot; that she had graduated from the University of Oregon, and the list goes on. Was the purpose to determine how naïve the reader, and more importantly, professional reviewers are of the true conditions in the ghetto?

Lessons abound. Clearly all too many professional reviewers do not read critically, and are prone to "groupthink." Why do so many reviewers, all at the same time, think a book like "Love and Consequences" is significant; worthy of a review, and not a single ONE detects anything amiss, when virtually everything is. Why must the reading public rely on a truthful sister to reveal the true facts?

Should the average reader mourn the curtailment of book review sections in major newspapers? Clearly a better solution may be reading rationale and thoughtful reviews posted at Amazon. With the prevalence of these incidents in the publishing industry, it stands to reason that more exist, waiting to be found.
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There are several things I cannot grasp about this. First-why not either: write the book anonymously if you were going to lie so blatantly, or write is as a fiction/reality 'interwoven' type story? Why BRAZENLY have interviews and photos splashed in the NY Times?? Did this person actually think no one from her past was going to come forward and identify her? I've seen footage of her being interviewed in her old 'hood'-and all I could conclude is that this person would do anything for attention. How sad that she lied to the publishing company for so many years!

How bizarre to go so far as to have pictures of fake dead relatives hanging in your home to show the interviewer from the Times? And be raising pitt bulls to further the ruse? And put your daughters photo in the paper? What is wrong with this person? It's a shame because the book was interesting, but I could not give it a good review because it is not a memoir of any sort.
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Last week while I was on a trip I read the initial NYT review of this book and decided to stop at a bookstore and buy it. While traveling I read it in just a few days. Now that I'm back home, I just read the NYT article (Mar. 4) that the book is not a "memoir" but rather ALL falsehood and the author is not even who she says she is...but is going by a false name.

I am shocked. The publisher knew her for 3 years, nurtured her, and fell for her fabricated story too. The NYT interviewer fell for her story. The author's excuses are very lame indeed and do not justify any of her lies.

I was a bit drawn into the story because there were a few connections with my own life - Oregon, background in writing, working with poverty-stricken families in Head Start. But I, in a million years would NEVER write and publish a story - of all these things mixed together - as a MEMOIR! Besides the fact that she grew up in a wealthy family and none of the experiences talked about in the "memoir" were actually hers, the book was also written very poorly. While reading it, I thought to myself, "this is written poorly, but the poor girls hardly had any education". Now we find out that, in fact, she had a private prep school education (Shame on you, too, Campbell Hall!). This is absolutely trash! We can be very glad that her own sister turned her in before she started in on her book tour. Perhaps they should make her go anyway - on a Shame Tour. Can we hope that the publisher will ask for the royalty check back? They should! So much of the story is false - but what really gets to me is that she talks about going to University of Oregon to get out of LA and earn her degree. Couldn't the publisher at least checked that fact?
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