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We are not like them / Christine Pride and Jo Piazza.

Pride, Christine, (author.). Piazza, Jo, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library PRI (Text) 33500013468921 New Checked out 11/02/2021
Moorhead Public Library PRI (Text) 33500013468913 New Checked out 11/04/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982181031
  • ISBN: 1982181036
  • Physical Description: 315 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event--a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives. Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia. But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen's husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband's freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend. Like Tayari Jones's An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things, We Are Not Like Them explores complex questions of race and how they pervade and shape our most intimate spaces in a deeply divided world. But at its heart, it's a story of enduring friendship--a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #1
    *Starred Review* When yet another unarmed Black teenager is shot by the Philadelphia police, the tragedy unravels a lifetime of kinship for longtime best friends Riley and Jen. A cub reporter for the local news, Riley hopes her coverage of the shooting will lead to an anchor chair. Jen is pregnant and her husband, Kevin, is one of the officers who pulled the trigger. Riley is Black, and Jen and Kevin are white. Riley abhors Kevin's actions, but Jen decides to keep her growing family intact and stand by his side. While Riley covers the shooting, she grows close to the victim's family and loses the emotional capacity for friendship with Jen. As the fallout grows, Jen wonders how the media and her own friends could cast her as racist when she feels so deeply connected to a Black family; she was practically raised by Riley's grandmother. If Riley and Jen are to find their way back to friendship, only drastic change will suffice. Coauthors Pride and Piazza explore how the sanctity of childhood friendship can be questioned and corrupted well into adulthood, and how violent racial injustice is ubiquitous in American life. We Are Not Like Them is spellbinding from cover to cover. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran. She&;s held editorial posts at many different trade imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. As a freelance editorial consultant, she does select editing and proposal/content development, as well as teaching and coaching, and pens a regular column&;&;Race Matters&;&;for Cup of Jo. She lives in New York City.

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor and podcast host. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Marie Claire, Glamour, and other notable publications. She is also the author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married, The Knockoff, Fitness Junkie, and If Nuns Ruled the World. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two small children.

Subject: Interracial friendship > Fiction.
Race > Fiction.
Police shootings > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Women.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Novels.

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