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


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...

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

Kay rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

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

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...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

After reading this thought provoking book, I came away with a greater understanding of gangs, drug issues, prisons and judicial system, and most of all, racial issues and the economically disenfranchised people of today. I live in a suburb far away from these mostly urban problems. It was portray...

Sharon rated it ★★★☆☆

July 19, 2017

Danielle S. Allen takes a family tragedy and presents her heartbreak to readers, showing the personal side of her cousin's incarceration and death shortly after release, and inviting her audience to contemplate the bigger picture of what is broken in our society and with our current penal system....

Christina rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2017

Man, what a depressing, heartbreaking book. Allen writes of her young cousin Michael, whose attempt at carjacking at the age of 15 leads to a ridiculous prison sentence and a ruined life. Not that the life wasn't already in jeopardy before that, growing up as Michael was in L.A.'s gangland. Allen...

kelly rated it ★★★★☆

June 23, 2017

“Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A” is the true life story of the author’s younger cousin Michael, who was arrested at the age of 15 in Los Angeles for the crime of attempted carjacking. He was charged as an adult, served eleven years in prison, and was released in 2009. Three years later, his...

Penny rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

Political theorist Danielle Allen tries to make sense of her cousin's murder that follows (years later) his attempted carjacking- with gun - at age 15. He admits to previous crimes and is sentenced to 12 years, most of which he serves in adult prisons. While he was not well served by the prison s...

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