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Ghettoside : [sound recording] a true story of murder in AmericaBy Leovy, Jill.

Leovy, a Los Angeles Times journalist, investigates the murder of a black teenager in South Central LA in May 2007. Bryant Tennelle, 18, was walking down the street with a friend near his home when another young black man jumped out of a Suburban and shot him. Bryant died a short time later. Bryant was the son of LAPD detective Wally Tennelle. Leovy follows the investigation into Bryant’s murder, which was eventually turned over to John Skaggs, a homicide detective with a reputation for being doggedly persistent in pursuing suspects and witnesses. As the case against the perpetrators builds and eventually goes to court, Leovy gives a detailed history of the disproportionate black homicide rates in the United States and LA, and offers some well-founded conclusions about the appalling numbers of black men murdered and the low conviction rates of their killers. This is a significant, powerful book. Rebecca Lowman narrates.

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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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