Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A True Story in Black and White Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children, and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a full disclosure on my life whilst in the bleak caverns of violence In fact, that little gem of Truth right there is the reason why I read and reviewed Gang Leader for a Day last year.But why, you might ask Especially if you knew me I mean, I m no Pollyanna by any means, but I do like to think of myself as a let s just give peace a chance kinda gal No really I am Which me MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a full disclosure on my life whilst in the bleak caverns of violence In fact, that little gem of Truth right there is the reason why I read and reviewed Gang Leader for a Day last year.But why, you might ask Especially if you knew me I mean, I m no Pollyanna by any means, but I do like to think of myself as a let s just give peace a chance kinda gal No really I am Which means, if that s Truth and the inclination for reading about gang like violence is O Natural then something must be amiss, yes I consider itabout research Ya lls know I am a teacher And so I teach at a Title I school, which IS NOT synonymous WITH violence, but I have my fair share of evidence that says poverty and violence as power is a common equation Plus, the need for community and someone to look out for makes gang life appealing Reading personal accounts helps me understand motivation and an opportunity for dialogue.As you ve perhaps gathered, FSKG is about the author Geoffrey Canada s story about violence Not unsurprisingly you might then assume that Canada grew up in a poor area of town where violence equates to power.Canada s experience with violence is a journey It begins when a bully steals his jacket Canada and his older brothers return home hopeful that their mother would have a solution Surprise unfolds when she matter of factly tells the boys that they must return to the scene of the crime and take back what is theirs My mother told us we had to stick together That we couldn t let people know we were afraid At four years old, young Canada knew that life in the Bronx had multiple layers to it.I don t want to get to in depth with this story as it s a quick read easily completed in one session and the amount of innocence and depth in these characters are fleshed out both in words and sketchesI knew nothing about Geoffrey Canada s memoir that he wrote in 2005 and that which this graphic memoir is adapted from prior to opening up these pages I m intrigued enough to want to pick up the book as well Canada now runs Harlem Children s Zone Geoffrey Canada s story is vivid He remembers his childhood so well, describes it in great detail, and Jamar Nicholas illustrations really bring it to life This story, about Canada s integration into a violent urban life, is heartbreaking, but I couldn t stop reading It s a great personal story of The Code of the Street I honestly think the epilogue does not serve the story well It pushes the book into didactic, instead of letting Canada s experiences speak for themselves But I really app Geoffrey Canada s story is vivid He remembers his childhood so well, describes it in great detail, and Jamar Nicholas illustrations really bring it to life This story, about Canada s integration into a violent urban life, is heartbreaking, but I couldn t stop reading It s a great personal story of The Code of the Street I honestly think the epilogue does not serve the story well It pushes the book into didactic, instead of letting Canada s experiences speak for themselves But I really appreciate Canada telling his story, and Nicholas does a fantastic job of adapting it to the graphic novel format Hey,TGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from Check out what is between the covers Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty e Hey,TGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from Check out what is between the covers Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children, and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told I felt I gotthen I bargained for in this one, but in a good way I don t think it matters where you grew up, one of these characters should be able to speak to you in some way The artwork was a good marriage to the story and made itbelievable and tangible for me The colors were well chosen and the characters weren t too sharply drawn, giving the story its due without being distracting or taking away from the direction of it Looking for a challenge Give this graphic a try and go back in time What are you reading today Have you checked out our new blogtalk radio show The GZONE Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, The Novel Spot Twitter Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on Did you know you can shop directly onby clicking theBanner on our blog Thanks for stopping by today We will see you tomorrow Have a great day This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking for a book that teaches you a life lesson or to inspire you because this book definitely inspired me to know that its never to late to change who you are because of the message to it Its time to do something while we still have time

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