Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle S. Allen

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Read Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Online Free - Michael Alexander Allen, the baby cousin of an extended family, was first arrested at fifteen for an attempted carjacking. Tried as an adult and sentenced to thirteen years, Michael served eleven. Three years after his release, he was shot and killed. Why? Why did this gifted young man, who dreamed of being a firefighter and a writer, end up dead? Why did he languish in prison? And why at fifteen was he in an alley in South Central LA, holding a gun while trying to steal someone’s car? Cuz means both “cousin” and “because.” Danielle Allen grew up with Michael and, in 2006 when Michael got out of prison, was cousin-on-duty, shouldering the responsibility to support his fresh start while juggling the demands of her own promising academic career. 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 a generation.

Title : Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.
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ISBN : 1631493116
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Cathy rated it ★★★★☆

November 09, 2017

Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: Part memoir of her cousin, Michael, part devastating analysis of the US justice and penal system, I found Danielle Allen’s book, Cuz, utterly...

Meg rated it ★★★★★

April 13, 2017

This was such an intensely sad -true- story of a life wasted and lost that I cannot say I "loved" it, but is was brilliantly told. When Danielle Allen's "baby" cousin, Michael, was arrested at 15 for an attempted carjacking, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 13 years. Michael served 11. T...

Birdie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 05, 2017

The New York Times got it right-a sad story terribly overwritten to the point of being unreadable. Hard to believe that a woman with the awards that Allen has received penned the obtuse, run-on sentences which fill the narrative--to the point of casting doubt upon the merit of those awards. As to...

Jamie rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 25, 2017

While I was interested in this story, especially after having seen the author speak at a conference, the writing itself was clunky and that made it hard to get into the flow.

Juliana rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

In Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., Danielle Allen, political scientist and Harvard professor, tells the personal story of her cousin Michael’s incarceration, brief life and murder. She describes his upbringing in Southern California and being sentenced for carjacking at fifteen just as the...

Andre rated it ★★★☆☆

August 29, 2017

A professor in political theory tries to make sense of her cousin's life and death through the examination of mass incarceration, penal and public policy. Her cousin Michael was first incarcerated at age fifteen for an attempted car jacking, of which the details are a little murky. Danielle Allen...

gnarlyhiker rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 03, 2017

Well to do cousin vs. poor cuz. Princeton vs. prison. Dean vs. drug mule. Laura Ashley comforter vs. cot. Do you get the drift? good luck

Deanna rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 08, 2017

I picked up a copy of Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A because I saw Danielle Allen interviewed by Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, and was touched by her raw emotion over the death of her cousin. I wanted to know more about Michael, a charming young man that everyone seemed to love, and learn more...

Kay rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2017

This was a quick read because I was enthralled with the story that the author Danielle Allen wrote about her youngest cousin Michael and how he got caught up in the legal system in South Central Los Angeles in reaction to the accelerated drug trade and gang warfare that sprung up in the nineties....

Kayo rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

A family's love for their cousin, son, brother. Sad but so telling.

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