Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

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Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening.

Convinced she can make a difference in the lives of her teenaged students, Michelle Kuo puts her heart into her work, using quiet reading time and guided writing to foster a sense of self in students left behind by a broken school system. Though Michelle loses some students to truancy and even gun violence, she is inspired by some such as Patrick. Fifteen and in the eighth grade, Patrick begins to thrive under Michelle's exacting attention. However, after two years of teaching, Michelle feels pressure from her parents and the draw of opportunities outside the Delta and leaves Arkansas to attend law school.

Then, on the eve of her law-school graduation, Michelle learns that Patrick has been jailed for murder. Feeling that she left the Delta prematurely and determined to fix her mistake, Michelle returns to Helena and resumes Patrick's education--even as he sits in a jail cell awaiting trial. Every day for the next seven months they pore over classic novels, poems, and works of history. Little by little, Patrick grows into a confident, expressive writer and a dedicated reader galvanized by the works of Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, W. S. Merwin, and others. In her time reading with Patrick, Michelle is herself transformed, contending with the legacy of racism and the questions of what constitutes a "good" life and what the privileged owe to those with bleaker prospects.

Reading with Patrick is an inspirational story of friendship, a coming-of-age story of both a young teacher and a student, a deeply resonant meditation on education, race, and justice in the rural South, and a love letter to literature and its power to transcend social barriers.

Title : Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
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ISBN : 081299731X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2017

I read, and I read alot, but I still have a rush of anticipation, of wonder when I open the cover of a new book. This only works with an actual physical book, E-readers have their place but the same feel just isn't there. Will this book be good, memorable, will it astonish me, teach me? So many q...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

July 09, 2017

While I agree with the many reviewers that find this memoir “inspiring” and “moving”, my first choice of a descriptive adjective would be heartbreaking. Reading with Patrick offers a glimpse into a world that few will believe still exists today in the United States. Michelle Kuo tells the tale of...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

January 27, 2018

Michelle Kuo’s debut stopped me in my tracks. All other work I had on my plate was shoved to the side while I read this nonfiction detailing Kuo’s after-college years teaching English to at-risk kids in Helena, Arkansas in the Mississippi Delta. As a piece of literature, this memoir succeeds beau...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2017

"This was what reading could do: It could make you, however fleeetingly, unpredictable. You were not someone about whom another could say, You are this kind of person, but rather a person for whom nothing is predeterminated." Michelle Kuo was an idealistic, recent Harvard graduate when she joined...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

September 27, 2017

Follow me on Book Nation by Jen for all reviews. Heartbreaking, inspiring and a tribute to dedication, Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship is the memoir of an Asian American Teach For America teacher and her friendship wi...

Bkwmlee rated it ★★★★★

July 18, 2017

**Note: I initially had this at 4 stars, but after thinking about it more and finishing my review, I’ve decided that the fact this book impacted me in such a personal way makes it well-deserving of 5 stars.** Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship is not a memoi...

Chrissie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 10, 2017

The GR book description outlines step by step the events of the book. There is no reason to repeat that already explained. In my view, it says too much. Moreover, that we are told in the final paragraph the story is inspirational can surely be debated. What this book does extremely well is to des...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

By far the best early review book I've received and read to date. I liked this book so much that is is difficult to put into words the beauty of it! Michelle is inspired to enroll in the Teach for America project. She lands in the Southern Delta in Helena Arkansas. Helena is a sleepy town with li...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

April 13, 2017

I was a goodreads giveaway winner of this book. I like to read books about teachers and their students. This is a very nice one. Michelle Kuo went to a small town in Arkansas after graduating from college. She spent two years teaching in a town that was know for it's poverty. She taught children...

Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★★☆

May 30, 2017

This is a book that was written for me, I think. Patrick is a trouble student from a difficult high school, and Michelle Kuo is a deeply committed teacher who wants to change the world one student at a time. Kuo bows to her parents' wishes and leaves her Teach for America stint in Arkansas to go...

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