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The Resource Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen

Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen

Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A.
Title
Cuz
Title remainder
or, the life and times of Michael A.
Statement of responsibility
Danielle Allen
Title variation
  • Cuz
  • Or, the life and times of Michael A
  • Or the life and times of Michael A
  • The life and times of Michael A
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A
  • "A shattering work that shifts between a woman's private anguish over the loss of her beloved baby cousin and a scholar's fierce critique of the American prison system, Danielle Allen's Cuz seeks answers to what, for many years, felt unanswerable. Why? Why did her cousin, a precocious young man who dreamed of being a firefighter and a writer, end up dead? Why did he languish in prison? And why, at the age of fifteen, was he in an alley in South Central Los Angeles, holding a gun while trying to steal someone's car? Cuz means both 'cousin' and 'because.' In this searing memoir, Allen unfurls a 'new American story' about a world tragically transformed by the sudden availability of narcotics and the rise of street gangs--a collision, followed by a reactionary War on Drugs, that would devastate not only South Central L.A. but virtually every urban center in the nation. At thirteen, sensitive, talkative Michael Allen was suddenly tossed into this cauldron, a violent world where he would be tried at fifteen as an adult for an attempted carjacking, and where he would be sent, along with an entire generation, cascading into the spiral of the Los Angeles prison system. Throughout her cousin Michael's eleven years in prison, Danielle Allen--who became a dean at the University of Chicago at the age of thirty-two--remained psychically bonded to her self-appointed charge, visiting Michael in prison and corresponding with him regularly. When she finally welcomed her baby cousin home, she adopted the role of 'cousin on duty,' devotedly supporting Michael's fresh start while juggling the demands of her own academic career. As Cuz heartbreakingly reveals, even Allen's devotion, as unwavering as it was, could not save Michael from the brutal realities encountered by newly released young men navigating the streets of South Central. The corrosive entanglements of gang warfare, combined with a star-crossed love for a gorgeous woman driving a gold Mercedes, would ultimately be Michael's undoing. In this Ellisonian story of a young African American man's coming-of-age in late twentieth-century America, and of the family who will always love Michael, we learn how we lost an entire generation."--Jacket
Summary
Harvard University professor Danielle Allen had a much-loved younger cousin, Michael, who drifted into petty criminal activities that escalated until he was convicted of a felony at age 15; while rebuilding his life after 11 years of imprisonment, he was murdered. In Cuz, Allen chronicles Michael's life and death while criticizing the American criminal justice system. This heartwrenching memoir starkly contrasts Michael's life with Allen's relatively privileged one and offers details about how society fails young African American men. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576535
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Allen, Danielle S.
Dewey number
305.242/108996073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • photographs
Index
no index present
LC call number
E185.97.A364
LC item number
A45 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Allen, Michael Alexander
  • Allen, Danielle S
  • African American young men
  • African American young men
  • African American juvenile delinquents
  • African American families
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Biography
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life and times of Michael A.
Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (225 -234)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Release and resurrection. Garden party, July 2009 ; Release day, June 2006 ; The investigation, July 2009 ; Getting started, June-July 2006 ; Job, July 2006 ; Investigation, July 2009 ; School, August 2006 ; Funeral, July 27, 2009 ; Apartment, August 2006 ; Hitting bottom, November 2006 ; The end, August 2008-July 2009 -- Part II: Inferno. Crime and punishment ; Where was our family? Where were the lawyers? ; Milestones ; Norco ; Inferno, in Michael's words ; Visiting 1.0 ; Visiting 2.0 ; Dizzy ; The biggest wildfire in California history -- Part III: Unforgiving world. Fire and ice ; The single mother and the great white whale ; First steps ; "Sis, run!" ; Gangbanging--a definition ; How not to help your kids ; The limit on helping your kids ; City of angels ; The end ; My heart's locket -- Coda: What next?
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9781631493119
Lccn
2017018099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs, portraits, and map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971361083
  • (OCoLC)ocn971361083
  • 552281
Label
Cuz : or, the life and times of Michael A., Danielle Allen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (225 -234)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Release and resurrection. Garden party, July 2009 ; Release day, June 2006 ; The investigation, July 2009 ; Getting started, June-July 2006 ; Job, July 2006 ; Investigation, July 2009 ; School, August 2006 ; Funeral, July 27, 2009 ; Apartment, August 2006 ; Hitting bottom, November 2006 ; The end, August 2008-July 2009 -- Part II: Inferno. Crime and punishment ; Where was our family? Where were the lawyers? ; Milestones ; Norco ; Inferno, in Michael's words ; Visiting 1.0 ; Visiting 2.0 ; Dizzy ; The biggest wildfire in California history -- Part III: Unforgiving world. Fire and ice ; The single mother and the great white whale ; First steps ; "Sis, run!" ; Gangbanging--a definition ; How not to help your kids ; The limit on helping your kids ; City of angels ; The end ; My heart's locket -- Coda: What next?
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9781631493119
Lccn
2017018099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs, portraits, and map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971361083
  • (OCoLC)ocn971361083
  • 552281

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