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Another Day in the Death of America
A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

Summary

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

This powerful and moving work puts a human face—a child’s face—on the “collateral damage” of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.

about Gary Younge

  • Gary Younge, an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian and Nation and an acclaimed author. In 2009 he won the British James Cameron award for his coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and in 2015 he won the Foreign Commentator of the Year Award. His most recent book is The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream. His previous books include Who Are We — and Should it Matter in the Twenty-First Century?, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey through the American South. Formerly the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor of public policy and social administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he has two honorary degrees from British universities.

reviews

“…exactingly argued, fluidly written and extremely upsetting. This is your country on guns. A book like this has potential pitfalls, highhandedness not least among them. But Mr. Younge…makes for a personable, unusual narrator. As a Briton, he brings a fresh perspective to this topic. As a father and a man of Barbadian descent, his interest in it is also personal.” —New York Times

“…a sharp portrait of America, painted in blood.” —The Economist

“Sad, frustrating, but profoundly humane and ultimately illuminating, Another Day is political writing at its best.” —Oprah Magazine

“…his accounts and analysis are powerful…” —New York Times Sunday Book Review

“An often unbearable act of bearing witness…it’s impossible to pretend we don’t have a problem when we lose 10 young people in one day." —Boston Globe

“…[an] insightful book…” —Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times

"Despite the composure of his writing, there is passion in Younge’s condemnation of a system that renders the poor and the dark in America invisible. In illuminating the stories of some of these people and of their communities, Younge has provided us with a beautifully told and empathic account that wrenches at the heart even as it continues to engage the brain." —The Guardian

“…a book that feels both timely and utterly, hopelessly timeless…” —Financial Times

“A subtle yet searing condemnation of U.S. gun culture & indifference to endemic gun violence." —The Atlantic

"A masterclass in journalism…” —The Spectator (UK)

“In thoughtful, evenhanded chapters stacked with footnotes, Younge works methodically to uncover the unique patterns and hypocrisies of his adopted second home….‘Another Day’ doesn’t offer solutions, because it can’t; it just makes it impossible not to care.” —Entertainment Weekly

“…a powerful and necessary accounting of one of the deadliest epidemics ever to sweep across America—and a call to action to do something about gun violence. Younge’s writing is chilling, urgent and profound; his reportage deeply personalizes the victims, making them come alive through the memories of those who knew them during their short lives.” —The Root

“…powerful…[Younge] is a gifted writer…Another Day in the Death of America takes its place in the slender cannon of first-rate American witness literature…” —BookForum

“Younge brings a clear-eyed perspective to this fraught topic… A heartrending compendium of the lives of American children taken by guns on an average day. Gripping and eloquent yet challenging in the brutality of its subject, this important book calls for empathy and should be widely read.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

“A heart-rending, beautifully crafted book…Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring, this is a strong voice for the victims of many devastatingly silent, daily tragedies.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“[Younge provides] nuance and

other editions

  • Hardcover | ISBN 9781568589756
    Pub date: 2016-10-04 | Price: $25.99/33.99 Canada
    Publisher: Nation Books
    6.400 x 9.600 | 304 Pages
    Social Science / Violence in Society
    Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
    Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy

  • eBook | ISBN 9781568589763
    Pub date: 2016-10-04 | Price: $16.99/16.99 Canada
    Publisher: Nation Books
    6.125 x 9.250 | 304 Pages
    Social Science / Violence in Society
    Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
    Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy