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Reading with Patrick
A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
By (author): Michelle Kuo
9780812997316 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Jul 11, 2017
$36.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.8 x 8.5 x 1 in 320 pages Random House
A stirring memoir about the life-changing friendship between an idealistic young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder in the Mississippi Delta.

When Michelle Kuo went to the Mississippi Delta for Teach for America in 2004, she found that one student every teacher dreams about: thoughtful, eager and lacking only the opportunity to excel. His name was Patrick Browning, and they formed a bond. Three years later, in her last year at Harvard Law School, Michelle gets a call. Patrick is in prison for murder. Determined to make good on promises she made to the student she left behind, Michelle moves back to the Delta to resume Patrick’s education. What follows is a powerful story of books—from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Narrative of Frederick Douglass and the poetry of W.S. Merwin—and friendship across seemingly insurmountable social barriers.

Story Locale: the Mississippi Delta (Helena, Arkansas, near Memphis)

MICHELLE KUO taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked at a nonprofit for undocumented immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She also clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit. Currently she teaches courses on race, law, and society at the American University of Paris.

Author Residence: Paris, France

Author Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Advance praise for Reading with Patrick

“This book is special and could not be more right on time. It’s an absorbing, tender, and surprisingly honest examination of race and privilege in America that helps articulate what is often lost, seemingly intentionally, in national debates over criminal justice and education: the inner life and imagination of a young person.”—Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

“Every American should read Michelle Kuo’s remarkable memoir. Honest, generous, humble, and wise, Reading with Patrick will endure as a defining story for our times and, abidingly, a testament to the power of language and of books.”—Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

“I delighted in this book and read it in a single weekend. Reading with Patrick is a significant work that could swell the ranks of highly motivated and qualified teachers—people who understand they are not just transferring information but transforming lives.”—Bill Moyers

“Riveting . . . Reading with Patrick is an essential addition to our national conversation about institutional racism. It is also an empathic story of connection: between a dedicated teacher and her student, between history and our current times, and between literature and life. It is hard to imagine a more inspiring testament to the transformative power of reading.”—Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them

“In Reading with Patrick, Michelle Kuo takes on the subjects of race, privilege, and the debt that the human community owes to its most disadvantaged members with a bracing intelligence, honesty, and self-scrutiny. This is a gorgeous, urgent, and heartbreaking memoir.”—Darcy Frey, senior lecturer on English, Harvard University, and author of The Last Shot

Reading with Patrick could not be more timely. Kuo underscores the power of tender attention and shows us that if we go to the margins, we all find rescue.”—Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart

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