The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates

From Rita Gross
author: Moore, Wes
The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates
The author was born in Baltimore, just blocks away from another young man with the same name.  They share many of the same experiences and life situations, growing up without fathers in a time of rampant drug violence.  The author became a Rhodes Scholar, served in the United States Armed Forces, was White House Fellow and today is a prominent businessman. The other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence for armed robbery and murder.
These men’s stories are told in parallel narratives, showing us step by step the paths their lives followed.  What were the defining moments that led to the divergence?  What were the choices that led to their ultimate fates?  Who in their lives influenced their behavior?  What role does one’s environment play?  This book describes the lives of a generation of young, urban Black teenagers and raises many questions about the choices we make early in life and their ultimate outcomes.

A Visit from the Goon Squad

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Egan, Jennifer
A Visit from the Goon Squad
This is the story of Bennie Salazar a record executive/former punk rocker and his neurotic young assistant Sasha.  It recaps their lives and the lives that have crossed their paths throughout  the years.  This kaleidoscope of dreams, successes, failures, despair and disillusionment captures the music and drug scenes and the freedom of Generation Y.  This is ultimately a story about Time, the “Goon Squad” that visits us all.