They’re Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young
by: Image Comics
Product rating: 4.3 with 3 reviews
Eisner-nominated Nowhere Men writer Eric Stephenson teams up with red-hot artist Simon Gane for an all-new ongoing series! We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Product rating: 4.4 with 883 reviews
An instant New York Times
bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review
, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly,
among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People
) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review
When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.
A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post
) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: To read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, a meticulous and heartfelt account of a brilliant black student from the poverty-stricken streets of Newark, is to see the best of the American dream lived and ultimately, tragically, lost. Peace’s mother endured great sacrifices to ensure that her gifted son would meet his full potential. His father, until his arrest for murder when Rob was seven, dedicated himself to helping his son learn and mature. Rob was a popular, straight-A student who played on the water polo team (his mother scraped up enough money to send him to parochial school), and upon graduating he was rewarded with a scholarship to Yale. Although he continued to thrive academically in college, growing up in the second largest concentration of African-Americans living under the poverty line created barriers that even one as gifted as Robert Peace could not fully surmount. This is a riveting and heartbreaking read, as Rob Peace seems always to have been on the outside—the resented geek in the hood, and the inner city black man in the Ivy League. –Chris Schluep
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Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete
Product rating: 5.0 with 5 reviews
Kids have their own nutritional needs – especially athletic kids. Yet most young athletes aren’t eating properly to compete. Even if they’re on a “healthy” diet, it’s often supplemented by convenient but empty calories that are actually slowing them down. Fortunately, with the right nutrition, young athletes can increase their energy, bolster their motivation, gain muscle mass, overcome fatigue, and improve their performance. Eat Like a Champion will help their parents: tailor diets for training, competition, and even off-season. Find the best food options, whether at home or on the go; address counter productive or unhealthy eating patterns; understand where supplements, sports drinks, and performance-enhancing substances do – and don’t – fit in. It took a registered dietitian who specializes in child and adolescent nutrition to write a book as focused and informative as this – complete with charts, recipes, and practical meal and snack ideas that can help athletic youngsters eat to win. It’s a must-read for every parent of active kids ages eight through eighteen.
Posted in Other Diets Tagged with: AMACOM, Athlete, Champion, Like, Nutrition, performance, young, Your
Inevitable: A young girls journey to survive
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
A courageously written raw account of a true story of child abuse and poverty in Northern California. “Inevitable” chronicles the journey of a young girl called “Mouth” as she strives to understand the injustice of the world that she lives in; abuse, poverty, neglect, racism and the concept of parricide. A true testament to resillience that is sure to capture the essence of the human spirit.
Posted in Poverty Tagged with: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Girls, Inevitable, journey, survive, young