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Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope Paperback – July 24, 2012
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"Ordinary Resurrections is a deeply moving and marvelous book. Jonathan Kozol has shared poetic and powerful stories of the poor children of Mott Haven who became a part of his life. I pray the truth and poignancy Kozol portrays here will move you to stand up for them with your votes and your voices." –Marian Wright Edelman, President, The Children's Defense Fund
“Deeply moving. This is the most personal of Kozol’s efforts.” –New York Times Book Review
“Warm and affectionate portraits…Kozol has written an eloquent love letter to a set of children…whom he has grown to know, cherish, and delight in. Deeply moving and beautifully written.” – Washington Post Book World
“I think God finds consolation in the tiny triumphs over daily oppressions by the least noticed of us, In the plainest places. So too does Jonathan Kozol, a great man who has written another great book that is all compassion, conviction, and encouragement.” –Mario Cuomo
“What a gift! A magnificent testimony to the communion of grace through the human touch.” –Fred Rogers, creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
“Kozol’s authenticity has not diminished with time, nor has his power to put a human face on Northern urban segregation.” –Library Journal
“Kozol retains his anger and contempt at the city’s neglect of his small friends, but he takes a moment here to marvel at their silliness and sorrows, gentleness and bravery.” –Booklist, starred review
“A persistent voice of conscience…His sensitive profiles highlight these kids’ resilience, quiet tenacity, eagerness to learn and high spirits, as well as the teachers’ remarkable dedication.” –Publishers Weekly
“By demonstrating the resilience of children in a meditative and measured voice, Kozol quietly intensified the indictment he has made in previous books of the inequalities that jeopardize the growth of children in our poorest neighborhoods. Ordinary Resurrections is a human work of the spirit that holds up a candle in a dark time.”—Henry Mayer, author of All on Fire
“Acutely observed, utterly unsentimental…and heartbreakingly beautiful.” –Frederick Buechner, author of The Eyes of the Heart
“What a wonderful book! I have devoured it—replete with the laughter, tears, and wise insights that all of Jonathan’s books produce…I cannot tell you how moved and touched I was.” –Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
About the Author
- Publisher : Crown (July 24, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 077043567X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0770435677
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.18 x 0.89 x 8.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #618,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like other reviewers, I heard Mr. Kozol's interview on National Public Radio during my commute home and was completely enchanted by his stories of Pineapple and her friends in Mott Haven.
I ordered the book from amamzon.com and devoured it in two sittings.
I cannot remember when a book moved me as much as this one. I'm not sure what gifts God gave Jonathan Kozol, but one of them is true compassion and insight without judgment or pretense.
I was continually amazed, as was Kozol, at these children's tenderness, kindness, their incredible gift of insight and their wide-eyed innocence.
At the back of the book, there is an address for St. Ann's Church. I will be sending them a check...for St. Ann's Scholars...for Pineapple and Elio and Mother Martha and all the children and caretakers who perform miracles day in and day out.
This should be required reading for not only present/future teachers, it should be required reading for the human race.
I hope Kozol and his kids win the Pulitzer/Nobel/and any other available award!
Read this book...you will be richer for it.
Kozol has no children of his own. A bachelor in his sixties, Kozol marvels at the innocence of the children from the South Bronx and is touched by their true friendship. The children want to get to know him better, want to know all about him and look forward to his visits. Kozol visits with them regularly, tutors them during long visits, and attends mass with them. He is deeply moved by the children's wanting to involve him in the Catholic rituals of mass, including taking communion. Kozol says the kids want him to "try the bread and wine, its good." Kozol has a definite message. Despite poverty, violence, absence of parents, absence of security; all children are born into hopeful innocence which takes years to destroy.
I was overcome with emotion during many passages in this book. It is a very personal book which bares the author's soul. I recommend this book for everyone. Kozol is a testament to the goodness in mankind. Goodness that often goes unrecognized. I give the book 5 stars, but I give Mr. Kozol an infinite number of stars, for his devotion, for his love, for his hope for the children of the South Bronx and their future.