Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

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A book like this has potential pitfalls, highhandedness not least among them. But Mr. Younge, a columnist for The Nation and editor at large for The Guardian, makes for a personable, unusual narrator.
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On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

This powerful and moving work puts a human face—a child’s face—on the “collateral damage” of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.
 

About Gary Younge

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Gary Younge is a columnist for the Guardian and the Nation. His books include No Place Like Home, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Nation Books. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Crime, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 21 2016

Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 21 2017

Younge provides nuance and context to a polarizing issue. The personal touches, however, are most affecting, as Younge pieces together each story from news reports and interviews with friends and family...

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Oct 27 2016

Mr. Younge comes from a country that provides far more protections for the less fortunate. It may be the most valuable aspect of his sensibility: He recognizes that luck, by definition, is just that. It is not something you earn.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Oct 27 2016

A book like this has potential pitfalls, highhandedness not least among them. But Mr. Younge, a columnist for The Nation and editor at large for The Guardian, makes for a personable, unusual narrator.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Neil Munshi on Sep 30 2016

Some of the portraits suffer from the simple fact that their subjects did not have the chance to live full lives, while others are sparse given the reluctance of family members to be interviewed. But Younge elicits compelling reactions from the many relatives he speaks to...

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