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Ghettoside
Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic | Jill Leovy
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4Why would you kill your neighbour?Based on the best part of a decade embedded with the homicide units of the LAPD, this groundbreaking work of reportage takes us onto the streets, inside the homes and into the lives of a community wracked by a homicide epidemic.Through the gripping story of one particular murder of an eighteen-year-old boy named Bryant Tennelle, gunned down one evening in spring for no apparent reason and of its investigation by a brilliant, ferociously driven detective a blond, surfer-turned-cop named John Skaggs it reveals the true origins of such violence, explodes the myths surrounding policing and race and shows that the only way to reverse the cycle of violence is with justice.
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Cinfhen
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#Nofemmeber #NonfictionNovember I can‘t believe this month is almost over 😱 I‘ve been challenging myself to use only nonfiction books and I‘ve discovered there are so many great books out there🎉❣️❣️❣️❣️This is another book I‘ve had on my TBR for too long. An investigative look at one particular homicide in LA with no cause. #Gunshot It‘s an epidemic that needs to be cured.

Cortg The older I get, the more I‘m enjoying nonfiction. I have this book on my TBR list. I‘ll have to check it out! 10mo
LaurenReads This was a good one! 10mo
Megabooks This book sounds intense! I used to love that show Gangland on A&E, and they had a couple of episodes on today, but I didn‘t feel like tuning in. I think I even own a couple of episodes on iTunes. 10mo
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Cinfhen Last night I had IRL bookclub @Cortg and all the women agreed that NF has become so much more fascinating than fiction. We read 10mo
Cinfhen Good to know @LaurenReads I remember that show @Megabooks I watched a few episodes! 10mo
Kalalalatja This year I have read/listened to more NF than ever before, and I‘m really glad! Hope to keep it up in 2019 🤞 10mo
TrishB I‘m still only managing one a month! But that‘s 100% more than before Litsy generally... 10mo
Blaire I haven‘t read this one, but my husband really liked it. 10mo
Cinfhen I wish my hubby would read some NF ~ then we could share books! @Blaire He likes books about the crusaders and Early century history (edited) 10mo
Cinfhen Litsy has definitely influenced our reading life @TrishB @Kalalalatja 😉 10mo
Billypar You've done well with your self-imposed challenge this month! ☺️👏👏 Right now I'm on a mission to build a TBR list for international nonfiction where the author is from the country discussed (or at least raised there). Tough to specify the right search terms and find results, though I did just start looking. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m pretty proud of myself @Billypar #Nofemmeber was a great playlist🙌🏻🖤Your nonfiction challenge sounds awesome. Please share your list with me. I‘m curious to see what you discover 10mo
Cinfhen This one is about Rwanda and written by a young girl who was born there and escaped to the US @Billypar 10mo
Cinfhen I can think of lots of memoirs but not so much general nonfiction @Billypar 10mo
Reviewsbylola ONLY NF for an entire month! That‘s ambitious! Good for you! This one is on my TBR. 10mo
Billypar Thanks for the recommendations! Even though I'm interested in any nonfiction, memoirs are my favorite. I will definitely check out The Girl Who Smiled Beads- I wanted to read more about Rwanda's history. Also want to read Noah's- he's great, and I've heard only good things about it. I'll let you know what else I find! 10mo
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This book! Chills and goosebumps and heartache. I‘m not even halfway and I recommend it to everyone.

It‘s about the murders specifically in South LA and the detectives who work a specific case within the larger picture. It‘s giving a lot to think about and unfortunately I picked up this book just as life got super super busy.

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LaurenReads
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A close look at one murder in LA, but using that murder as a jump off point for observing bigger issues of crime and policing overall in LA. #nonfiction #audio

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cathysaid
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I always have at least three books going. Anyone else do this? #currentlyreading #weekendreading

saresmoore Always! If not twelve! 😬 1y
rubyslippersreads I always have multiple books going at the same time. 😄 1y
Samplergal I have 11 going at the moment. 7 are Serial Reader in my defense. 😳 1y
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cathysaid Thanks my validating Litten friends! Good to know my Book Buffet tendencies are shared by others 😘👏 1y
cathysaid @rubyslippersreads There's just too many not to! 1y
cathysaid @Samplergal Wow...that's impressive 😂👏 1y
DivineDiana At least three! 😉📚😀 1y
mrp27 All the time! 1y
Jess7 I really multiple books all the time too! 1y
Soubhiville I always have two, but often have 3- audio for commutes, print for daytime, kindle for bedtime. 1y
rubyslippersreads @cathysaid I think this should be a new hashtag! 😁 #bookbuffet 1y
BookishTrish Easily three at a time 1y
cathysaid @DivineDiana @mrp27 @Jess7 I like to say that have eclectic tastes. Look...squirrel! 1y
cathysaid @Soubhiville Exactly! Audio to make Atlanta traffic bearable, print because...pages...and kindle so my husband can sleep while I read. I also like my kindle sometimes for portability. 1y
cathysaid @BookishTrish I'm starting to think three is a low number! 😂 1y
BookishTrish Maybe on this app... 1y
rmaclean4 I tend to have three going at once.One Audio, one nonfiction or genre read, and one literary fiction. It feels odd not to have multiple stories in my head at one time. 1y
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Jerame2999
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Mehso-so

It started out well & interesting yet soon became a slog of one murder after another after another. I understand that was the whole point. I also understand that life does not follow a strict narrative. However since this book was billed as a social science study of inner city murder & what can be done there were no solutions raised. It was simply touristic murder after a while without any point. Maybe I am asking for an answer that isn‘t there.

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Yup. That‘s the only reason.

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Jerame2999
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This one is heartbreaking but important so here goes. I have tried several times to read this book and the raw humanity gets to me. That‘s why I distract myself with Robotech and anime. Now time for some sad reality.

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ReadingSusan
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I hit up three libraries today to work and get all my holds. Finally home so ready to settle in and read the rest of the night. 📚

TheLibrarian I‘m interested to see your thoughts on Morning Glories. 2y
ReadingSusan @TheLibrarian I just saw them on the shelf and grabbed them so going in with no expectations or knowledge of what they are! 2y
kylienoele Morning Glories was pretty cool! Not what I was expecting at all. 2y
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TheLibrarian @kylienoele The first few volumes were good but I got a little bored. Maybe I need to give it another shot. 2y
kylienoele @TheLibrarian I haven't finished the series either! I think I stopped on 5.... I need to do the same! 2y
Leftcoastzen Love Fun Home. 2y
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I‘ve had this book on my TBR for a while and it didn‘t disappoint. I liked the way that the author focused on one murder, to make the story personal, but used this as a vehicle to talk about the wider issues. Highly recommended, and makes The Hate U Give, that I‘m reading now, seem all the more poignant.

Cinfhen Great review 2y
Fang88 Sounds interesting! 2y
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Lalalauren
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And what did I pick up new today for me to read! Ghettoside, hopefully I‘ll get to it this year and it will be one of my #NonFiction2018 reads.

Godmotherx5 Great book. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I have this on my print shelves. Again, we think alike! 2y
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SkeletonKey
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Finally home and mostly caught up on sleep, so I've started to open my mail and a few Christmas gifts that I left for when I returned.

Very surprised to see this book from @Alicia !!

Thanks so much, it really made my mail much more fun to open and I can't wait to read the book 💜

I added your card to my Xmas card tree, which I'll take down eventually, I swear...

#holidays #gifts #ghettoside #truecrime #murderino

Alicia Yay! ❣️ glad you like it!!! Intense read but it was very good!! 2y
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Jerame2999
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New coffee mug. New book. Cold morning. Ahhhh perfect.

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Jana
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A painful, important in-depth look at homicide among black men in LA, centered on one case while not neglecting others, this book will make you angry and make you think. From the lack of resources for detectives, an environment that offers little protections, and a hugely systemic problem on all fronts, she covers the complex issue from all sides in a sensitive yet matter of fact manner, and I highly recommend reading it. #ineedmorecharacters

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RealLifeReading
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Great staff picks at Books Inc Mountain View

Tamra I love seeing staff picks, especially when there is an explanation that accompanies them. 2y
RealBooks4ever I miss Books Inc! 💜 2y
cathysaid What @Tamra said 👍. Also I spy Nothing to Envy which is SOOO good. 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice ! I miss Books Inc. too. 2y
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Schlinkles
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On to the next book club pick for October #eshaverbookseller

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Alicia
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This was an intense book. I'm not actually not sure it was better on audio and I sort of wish I had read it in print. I also really liked the parts where Leovy adds some of her theory on the reasons behind the problem and the ways to improve, but mostly it was a book about specific events, murders and policemen who investigated them.

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deniseg
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A revealing, thoughtful look at homicides of Black men in the Los Angeles, but really anywhere in the US. Made me think about how little Black lives have mattered to those outside of these communities. Heartbreaking, but gives some sense of what could be done to at show that every life lost is a life that matters.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Such an interesting look at an endemic problem in America. By looking at one small area of LA the author is able to make the issue personal.

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deniseg
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"She's some daddy's baby."
Ghettoside is one of the best nonfiction books I've read.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#february #wrapup #ToB2017 #LitsyAtoZ

Here's my February reading wrap-up. Just a few non-fiction read, but two floated to the top. Looking forward to the Tournament of Books in March.

CatLadyBibliophile So impressive! 3y
Lola That's awesome! And such beautiful stats! Frame worthy! 3y
RachelO Wow! 3y
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saresmoore Good gravy! 3y
Reviewsbylola You did a great job on this. And what an awesome month! 3y
Cinfhen Ghettoside has been in my TBR for awhile, need to pick it up! 3y
Cinfhen And congrats on lucky 36 💕🎉💕🎉 3y
shawnmooney So, um, when do you sleep? ⁉️😂👏👏👏👏 3y
Spiderfelt That's incredible. More than a book/day. Nice doodle too. 3y
Bluzygrl This is awesome!! 3y
Mccall0113 Holy moly! 3y
Merethebookgal Wow! 😯 3y
Lindy Well done! I'm looking forward to the tob also. 3y
mickeysirena Ghettoside was amazing! 3y
rachellayown 👏👏👏 3y
Mindyrecycles 😳 How do you read that many?! Impressed. 3y
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elleinadarat
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Much to my dismay, I had to bail on this book. I wanted to read it because I know the conversation about racial violence is so, so important. I got about 1/3 of the way through, and it was excellently written, and the audiobook has a great reader (although white, which bugged me). But there was a lot about child loss (totally different than my own experience, obviously) that stirred too much in me. Maybe another time.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#RiotGrams #CurrentRead

Just a few chapters left in this fabulous audiobook. Loving this smart non-fiction that discusses law enforcement, gangs and the two sets of laws that govern many American neighborhoods. If you want to understand the frustration behind the phrase (and movement) Black Lives Matter --read this book. Extremely well done. #TrumpedUpReadingList

LauraJ My book club read this and really enjoyed it. We're in L.A. and one of our members is a retired LAPD officer, so he had some good insights to offer. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @LauraJ that sounds amazing. This would be such a good book for discussion 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Here's what's on deck for me this week!!

Cinfhen Nice group of reads😍😍😍 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Does this title fit with what you read -- or do you think it should be called "Ghettocide"? ? 3y
Well-ReadNeck @Donna_sBookMinute Ghettoside is a specific reference that they explain in the book. About area/part of town. So, it's definitely Ghettoside not Ghettocide 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Oh like stateside? Okay I get it. Thanks. 3y
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prowlix
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Jill Leovy founded in 2007 the LA Homicide Report - an interactive map/database of all homicides in LA county. She uses one specific murder case to illustrate the bigger picture, why black on black homicide is so detrimental to communities. How the lack of media coverage, police resources and convictions aid the lawlessness. She highlights some amazing people and give context. If you know someone who doesn't get Black Live movement, give this book

prowlix http://homicide.latimes.com/about/#whatis More information and the Homicide report 3y
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prowlix
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Today it is freakishly warm and downpour on me during my errands! Apparently the weather is telling me to stay in and read more!

Joanne1 No point fighting the weather, just go with it I say. 3y
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Rachael_S
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This book has everything: true crime, abject grief, society-wide structural failures, and hope. Good for those times when you perceive yourself feeling just a little too happy.

SarahScheffert Your last sentence made me laugh. 3y
Rachael_S @SarahScheffert I really struggle with pervasive happiness. Gotta always be looking for ways to put a lid on that shit. 3y
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#currentlyreading - I'm about halfway through this (lots of references) and love the personal stories of the detectives and families to break up some of the tougher material. It's amazing how determined a select few detectives became when so many others became jaded. It's definitely a tribute to unsung heroes.

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But history shows us that lawlessness is its own kind of order. Murder outbreaks, seen this way, are more than just the proliferation of discrete crimes. They are part of a whole system of interactions determined by the absence of law.

BookishMarginalia Interesting point. 3y
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But the perceived harshness of American criminal justice and its fundamental weakness are in reality two sides of a coin, the former a kind of poor compensation for the latter... It hauls masses of black men through its machinery but fails to protect them from bodily injury and death. It is at once oppressive and inadequate.

Be prepared for me to overshare on you feed. #sorrynotsorry #blacklivesmatter

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prowlix
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This has been on my TBR for almost a year and I think it's time to finally commit! I think we could all use a bit more investigative journalism in our lives right 😉

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Hrhadrienne

I can't read!!! I have started numerous books in the last month, but I haven't finished anything! I didn't even read my book club book this month. I don't know who I am anymore!

Reviewsbylola Reading slumps are the worst. Hopefully you break out of yours soon! 3y
BookishMarginalia Hang in there: it will pass, I promise! In the meantime, maybe try a graphic novel or a short story or even a poem or two 💜💙💜 3y
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kdwinchester
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I've put my #NonfictionNovember #TBR on my work "desk." Gotta keep my eye on the prize. ? Two books on my TBR are still heading towards me in the mail—good thing I'm just finishing up my third book of the weekend! #ThatNeverHappens #TheBookCorgi ?

LauraBeth Love this pic ❤️ 3y
Hooked_on_books Ghettoside is so good. Love the owls! 3y
kdwinchester @LauraBeth thank you. 😊 3y
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kdwinchester @Hooked_on_books Good to know! Can't wait to read it. 🙌 3y
Sasha728 Did your TBR put #thebookcorgi to sleep? 😊 3y
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mdhughes72
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If you're the kind of person who wonders what is meant by 'Black Lives Matter,' then this book is a must-read. Based on firsthand reporting, the author argues that black communities suffer from too little law enforcement when it really counts, when lives are taken. She further argues -- convincingly -- that segregation can explain much of the phenomenon of black-on-black crime. One of the best written and most important books I've read this year.

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cariashley
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What a phenomenal piece of narrative nonfiction. Tremendous on audio.

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Heart wrenching, affecting true story of crime in Los Angeles. The issue of black on black crime, the judicial system and lack of resources to investigate countless murders expertly told by a reporter embedded with LAPD homicide detectives. Beautifully written, it will break your heart.

LauraJ Glad to hear it. This is my book club's next pick. 3y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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The sheer number of murders is staggering. Every. Single. Day. 😓💔

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StephBengtson
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Ghettoside is my political pick. It's a heartbreaking look at the injustices black people face in America. I took this picture a few weeks ago in downtown Minneapolis. #blm #justiceforphilando #politicalbooks #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

Godmotherx5 @StephBengtson Great book & great picture. 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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So, my LA Review of Books podcast downloaded today with this misspelling. #proofreadingrocks #ghettosidenotghettocide

BookishFeminist 😬😬😬 3y
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TeacupsandPapercuts Genocide is spelled with a 'C' in Websters, so maybe they went off of that spelling? 3y
TeacupsandPapercuts I think it's supposed to be a play on words 3y
Peaceful_Reader I think it is a play on words-it makes sense in context. 3y
Well-ReadNeck Actually, they are listing this as the title of the book. Carefully chosen by the author. Just a proofreading error, but one that should have been caught, IMO, especially by a literary organization. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @Donna_sBookMinute Tagging you here as well. Here's something I saw before I had read the book, FYI 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Definite play on words. Thanks. 3y
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Very enlightening glimpse into the world of the LAPD homicide division as well as how systemic/institutionalized racism has allowed violence to flourish in African-American communities. This should probably be required reading for America right now.

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heikemarie
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But is it Friday yet though?

MrBook Nice! 😊👍🏻 3y
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RespectingRomance
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Pickpick

One of those books I'm going to spend the rest of my life trying to convince people to read. Written like true crime, which makes for a compelling and fast read, but full of pertinent info about a serious and heartbreaking issue. A great book.

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The audio voice was too soft & relaxing. I probably should have read the hard copy. Incarnation Nations by Baz Dreisinger was better but was more of a global description where Ghettoside is US domestic focusing on Los Angeles, CA. Even that assessment is unfair because my experience came down to the narration. I still recommend Ghettoside for the real world experience in the US & to support our law enforcement officials.

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I'm seem to be on a run of true crime reads. My brother said I'd like Ghettoside. So far so good.

Victoria_C Very good. 3y
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RespectingRomance
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The perfect read when you're already tired and sad.

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StephBengtson
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Heartbreaking. Coop thinks so too.

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Cobscook
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I am on a roll with great audiobooks! Fans of Serial and The Making of a Murderer should check out this nonfiction book about gun violence between black men in Los Angeles. Fascinating and heart rending.

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Spiderfelt
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Like, with reservations. I wish I had read the author's note before beginning the book. The author position embedded within the 77th explained why the story seemed to veer off on tangents. It created a sense of the issues at play in Watts, though also made the story difficult to follow.

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