Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books by Michelle Kuo

35652747.jpg– You want to believe that you do not at all resemble what you see. You want to believe that your town’s decay is not a mirror of your own prospects, that its dirtiness cannot dirty your inner life, that its emptiness does not contradict your own ambitions – that in fact you were born linked to beauty, to the joyous power of resurrection. –

– He stretched his neck, making a loud crack, and I realized how hard writing could really be. Physically, it changed you. You forgot to breathe. Your hand hurt. Your shoulders were sore. –

– In 2006, in a majority black area, where cotton production and slaveholding had once skyrocketed in tandem, one of the city’s rare public spaces still memoralized the Confederate cause. –

– [My parents] didn’t read to me, because they were afraid I would adopt their accents. They cared so little for their own histories that they didn’t make me learn their native tongue. For them the price of immigration had always been that their children would discount them in these ways. –

– Most public debate about the plea bargain has focused on urban areas. But its effect on the rural South was, and is, disastrous. –

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