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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kozol Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Jonathan Kozol's books have become touchstones of the American conscience. Unlike his previous books, however, Ordinary Resurrections is almost entirely narrative and takes us into the fascinating details of daily life as he has lived it with young children who befriended him over the course of several years.

Like Amazing Grace, this book describes the children of New York's South Bronx, but it is a markedly different book in mood and vantage point. Here, we see life through the eyes of the children, not, as Kozol puts it, from the perspective of a grown-up man encumbered by a Harvard education. Here, too, we meet some dedicated and inspired teachers in an underfunded but upbeat public elementary school, and we return once more to St. Ann's Church and meet the parents and religious figures in the children's lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renate | 2/15/2014

    " (I'll go ahead and post this review for all Jonathan Kozol books). I really like what he writes about and how he does it. Kozol is pretty remarkable given he has devoted his life to putting the spotlight on societal issues and problems in urban communities -- all in the hopes of bringing about change. Sadly though not much has improved and there is little hope for a better future for the families that Kozol befriends and whose lives are portrayed in his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/24/2014

    " More from Kozol on the state of education. I think it was a follow-up to Savage Inequalities. I read them one after the other so I can't remember where one stopped and the other started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nelly | 1/19/2014

    " i think this book inspired my entire career path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/18/2014

    " An amazing story of children and dedicated teachers. Hats off (and many thanks) to teachers! Thinking of the great education I received many years ago in the KC public school system and particularly of a few exceptioinal teachers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/1/2014

    " excellent follow-up to "Amazing Grace" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/30/2013

    " A nice follow-up to Amazing Grace but not as powerful, and not nearly as powerful as Savage Inequalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yotamhod24 | 12/28/2013

    " this book got me into kozol, and its not his best. all educators must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linds | 11/10/2013

    " Love Jonathan Kozol's books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 6/27/2013

    " Sachs, throughout all his writing, has really gotten at the heart of what the problems in our educational system are. This book is no different, but offers up hope in the lives of the children he writes about. Despite their horrendous circumstances, these kids still find a way to shine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/12/2013

    " Kozol is never preachy but brings his subjects to life and makes you care about them and feel the injustice they face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 6/8/2013

    " Great book!! A real eyeopener as to what's going on with our poor youth. It will touch your soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/2/2013

    " Not something to read when you're down, but definitely eye opening for parts and parts just a bit too much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/20/2013

    " The stories and statistics from this book are dated now, but the underlying theme is still very relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 7/30/2012

    " Johnathon Kozal shares the voices of children in this country who need to be heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 5/9/2012

    " Humanizes the issue of poverty and lack of opportunities in America's inner cities. The author lets us get to know some of his friends in the Bronx, and appreciate them as human beings rather than statistics or posters for social justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 4/24/2012

    " I'm reading this one for a multicultural class for my master's degree as a reading specialist. It's very insightful and something that anyone who works with children who live in poverty should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 3/10/2012

    " Such a sad testimony to school systems in urban areas. These children have such traumatic childhoods...and as adults, they are the population that I see daily. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 2/17/2012

    " Not my favorite Kozol book. But really, I love anything by him so it doesn't matter. This one is more of a story, his other books have an agenda to convey. You will fall in love with the kids at St. Ann's. It makes me long for when I will be back at a school like PS 30 or even PS 65! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/16/2012

    " Inspiring & informative as are all Kozol books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zina | 1/24/2012

    " a beautiful look at the innocent lives of inner-city children within the educational system; the sad reality of our public schools, poverty, and institutional segregation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clar | 10/1/2011

    " I am currently reading this book for my Middle Childhood class. It is not a text book, but more of a documentary and it is fabulous and heartbreaking and full of issues in society that tear at my heart strings... this book is real and it is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 7/16/2011

    " I had to read this one for school. Although there was no over-arching "plot", I really enjoyed it. Kozol shares about his experiences working with underprivileged kids in the New York school system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/24/2011

    " The children in this book really exhibit a glimpse of hope from a portion of society that we would expect nothing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mell | 12/11/2010

    " Though I left teaching, Kozol and his quest remain close to my heart. His "Savage Inequalities" had a HUGE impact on me in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 8/11/2010

    " An amazing story of children and dedicated teachers. Hats off (and many thanks) to teachers! Thinking of the great education I received many years ago in the KC public school system and particularly of a few exceptioinal teachers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mell | 12/5/2009

    " Though I left teaching, Kozol and his quest remain close to my heart. His "Savage Inequalities" had a HUGE impact on me in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 11/14/2009

    " Such a sad testimony to school systems in urban areas. These children have such traumatic childhoods...and as adults, they are the population that I see daily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/11/2009

    " Not something to read when you're down, but definitely eye opening for parts and parts just a bit too much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clar | 3/21/2009

    " I am currently reading this book for my Middle Childhood class. It is not a text book, but more of a documentary and it is fabulous and heartbreaking and full of issues in society that tear at my heart strings... this book is real and it is amazing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 1/26/2009

    " Not my favorite Kozol book. But really, I love anything by him so it doesn't matter. This one is more of a story, his other books have an agenda to convey. You will fall in love with the kids at St. Ann's. It makes me long for when I will be back at a school like PS 30 or even PS 65! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yotamhod24 | 10/9/2008

    " this book got me into kozol, and its not his best. all educators must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/3/2008

    " Great book!! A real eyeopener as to what's going on with our poor youth. It will touch your soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/13/2008

    " The children in this book really exhibit a glimpse of hope from a portion of society that we would expect nothing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 6/13/2008

    " excellent follow-up to "Amazing Grace" "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Fire in the Ashes, Savage Inequalities, and Death at an Early Age, among others. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years and is the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.