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How long will I cry? : voices of youth violence

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  • 303.6 H8472 (OSH)

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Fourth edition.

Publication Information

Chicago, Illinois : Big Shoulders Books, DePaul University, [2015?]

Physical Description

xxiv, 244 pages ; 26 cm


"In 2011 and 2012, while more than 900 people were being murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul University fanned out all over the city to interview people whose lives have been changed by the bloodshed. The result is How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, an extraordinary and eye-opening work of oral history. Told by real people in their own words, the stories in How Long Will I Cry? are at turns harrowing, heartbreaking and full of hope."--Publisher's website.


  • Special Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Introduction / Foreword / Love without condition / My life was worth a few guns / why should I harass people for standing on the corner? / Four bullets / My son Lazarus / What the watchman saw / Don't trust nobody / Met the juju-man / Like walking through Baghdad / God, are you trying to get my attention? / A message for stupid people / Defending the goners / The whole world stopped / Death is contagious / Unanswered prayers / A twig in a tornado / Everything about me is tainted / What's one bullet? / You live by it, you die by it / Tomorrow is not promised / The dream club's chief dreamer / Trying the break the cycle / The girl was a fighter / Where in this community does it say we care? / Hell broke loose / I only work here / The walk home / When a bullet enters the body / Both feet out / How dare I be happy / Home was the three of us / The funeral home lady / The scar tells a story / How do you learn to live again? / Take a risk / Acknowledgments
  • Resource guide
  • Study guide
  • About the editors.

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