Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx Paperback – February 10, 2004
"Ali: A Life" by Jonathan Eig
Ali: A Life breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Politicians rail about welfare queens, crack babies and deadbeat dads, but what do they know about the real struggle it takes to survive being poor? Journalist LeBlanc spent some 10 years researching and interviewing one extended family-mother Lourdes, daughter Jessica, daughter-in-law Coco and all their boyfriends, children and in-laws-from the Bronx to Troy, N.Y., in and out of public housing, emergency rooms, prisons and courtrooms. LeBlanc's close listening produced this extraordinary book, a rare look at the world from the subjects' point of view. Readers learn that prison is just an extension of the neighborhood, a place most men enter and a rare few leave. They learn the realities of welfare: the myriad of misdemeanors that trigger reduction or termination of benefits, only compounding a desperate situation. They see teenaged drug dealers with incredible organizational and financial skills, 13-year-old girls having babies to keep their boyfriends interested, older women reminiscing about the "heavenly time" they spent in a public hospital's psychiatric ward and incarcerated men who find life's first peace and quiet in solitary confinement. More than anything, LeBlanc shows how demanding poverty is. Her prose is plain and unsentimental, blessedly jargon-free, and includidng street talk only when one of her subjects wants to "conversate." This fine work deserves attention from policy makers and general readers alike.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Journalist LeBlanc spent more than 10 years following two Latina women from the Bronx, and in this ambitious work, she tells their stories, beginning in the late 1980s with their young teen years. Older Jessica becomes a mistress to an enormously successful heroin dealer, and Coco falls for Jessica's brother, an aspiring gangster. The two women find love, weather abuse, have babies, endure their own and their partners' prison terms, and struggle with health problems, social systems, motherhood, their own mothers, the violence of their communities, and the uncertain future. LeBlanc's prose is sprawling and dense with cinematic detail--what people wore, ate, drove, listened to; where they lived; what they said--and she studiously removes herself from the story, letting her characters' day-to-day lives unfold in scenes that are both gripping and mundane and, like life, defy easy organization. What emerges is an important, unvarnished portrait of people living in deep urban poverty, beyond the statistics, hip-hop glamour, and stereotypes. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top customer reviews
this is an amazing portrait of an interconnected group of people, some of whom are family. through their day-to-day lives and through the detailed minutia of their struggles in moving through homes, neighborhoods, schools, and other government institutions, the reader comes away with an understanding of some of the failures of our society, some of the people who are trying to make it better, and some of the impoverished who are in many ways just victims of their circumstances and family's overbearingness, and in other ways the creators of their lot through bad decision making and cultural practices antithetical to the pursuit of happiness as it may be known to the middle classes.
the characters are intriguing and their stories are exciting at times, and when they arent, you have to remember that life isnt always exciting. reading this book and looking for excitement in the characters lives made me feel a bit like a bad person, but then again, this is a book and not a sociological report: it's there to entertain, right?
an amazing book. read it.
Most recent customer reviews
A sad story where hope is grim, vicious cycle of poverty drugs and failed systems!
Hard core drama read!