What We Are Reading Today: An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz

Updated 11 March 2019

What We Are Reading Today: An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz

  • Kotlowitz aims to tell unforgettable stories about the afterlife of homicide, how it penetrates the minds, bodies and communities of those it touches”

From the bestselling author of There Are No Children Here, An American Summer a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods.

Author Alex Kotlowitz takes the reader into the heart of these communities, interviewing the families and friends of the victims of gun violence, as well as the victims themselves, putting faces and people behind the statistics. 

“This will be one of my top non-fiction recommendations for 2019,” a reviewer commented in goodreads.com.

In a review published in the The New York Times, Eric Klinenberg said that An American Summer “is a powerful indictment of a city and a nation that have failed to protect their most vulnerable residents, or to register the depth of their pain.”

Klinenberg added: “It is also a case study in the constraints of a purely narrative approach to the problems of inequality and social suffering. Kotlowitz aims to tell unforgettable stories about the afterlife of homicide, how it penetrates the minds, bodies and communities of those it touches.”

Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. 

His father, Robert, is the author of four novels and a memoir of World War II Before Their Time.


'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

Updated 20 October 2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

  • The film starring grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" has knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.
Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.
Warner Bros.' "Joker" landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.
Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures' "Zombieland: Double Tap" with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original.
And in limited release, Taika Waititi's Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit" opened in five theaters with a strong $350,000.

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