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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (683 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kotlowitz Narrator: Stanley Tucc Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two Michigan towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, separated by the St. Joseph River, are geographically close, yet worlds apart: St. Joseph is a 95% white, prosperous lakeshore community, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and 92% black.

When the body of a black teenaged boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the 2 towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into Eric McGinnis' death inevitably becomes a screen onto which each community projects its resentments and fears.

Beautifully written and painstakingly reported, The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the town's citizens as they wrestle with this mystery and others - and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America. 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 by Bree | 2/17/2014

    " Having grown up in the area, this is a book I've had on my radar for a long time. For me, it was a fascinating read on the very complicated situation I grew up in, but hadn't been able to fully recognize until I left the area for college. I know that many St Joseph residents,especially those who have a greater stake in the community, were very embarrassed by the book and greatly dislike Alex Kotlowitz, labeling him an extreme liberal (we're talking about a pretty politically conservative area). But really, I found a lot of truth in the narrative. One might wonder if Kotlowitz gets too close to those involved to be objective, but he himself wonders that himself. The book is a bit heavy and I found myself reading it in energized bursts with a few weeks in between. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carlita | 2/14/2014

    " A real-life mystery that examines a midwest town divided, both literally and figuratively, by a river. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denali | 2/14/2014

    " A great example of digging deeper into a seemingly simple story and seeing what you find. Kotlowitz uses the story of a mysterious death to explore the life of two towns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mac | 2/10/2014

    " Non fiction. Involves the death of a black teen age boy found in the river between the balck town on one side and the white town on the other. Kotlowitz writes with great compassion and understanding about the complicated issue of race in America. Not as compelling as his best work, "There Are No Children Here" which deals with the same general subject, this is still a great book and a must read for anyone interested in understanding how race continues to have such a profound effect on our society. "

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