Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

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Overview

"An eclectic and often riveting collection of essays. Some of the most celebrated contemporary writers eloquently explore the idea of risk taking, risk that shakes us out of apathy and ignites both deeply personal change and broader social transformation." -Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

"Dedicated to the People of Darfur gathers an array of voices on the subject of risk: whether it's the smaller daily risks of creativity and love or the terrors of facing wartime violence. The book moves nimbly from hilarious to somber and back again, in a richly varied and thoughtful exploration of the human condition." -Michelle Wildgen, author of But Not For Long and You're Not You

"Formidable, inspiring, beautiful." -Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

In Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O. Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling stories that celebrate the glories gained from taking risks, breaking down barriers, and overcoming obstacles.

Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most enlightening about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales of Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope will benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Luke and Jennifer Reynolds are both passionate about human rights causes and literature. Currently they live in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with their son, Tyler. Luke is a teacher and writer and Jennifer is a freelance writer and full-time mother.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813546186
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Luke and Jennifer Reynolds are both passionate about human rights causes and literature. Currently they live in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with their son, Tyler. Luke is a teacher and writer and Jennifer is a freelance writer and full-time mother.
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Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface

Part I: The Fears Within
Weeping Unfamiliar Tears
Scared
The Risk of (Not) Communicating
Real Risks
Holding a Little Girl's Hand
Safe Passage
Rescuing Fire from the Flood

Part II: Writing Risk
Life Drawings
Writing Toward the Center
Like a Syrupy Sweet
An Apostate in Academe
Risks in Writing the Novel, The Rape of Sita
One Man's Risk
Writing Sucks
On the Line
Politics and the Imagination

Part III: Where I Come From
That Other World That Was The World
Melodious Chimes
Rescued by Junkies
The Prozac Variations
Our Side of the Tracks
The House Fire
The Risk of Deadness
The Risk of Consciousness
High Noon at Midnight
Recipe
Risk

Part IV: Creating Change
Taking Risks
Spinning
Girls and Guns
From Individual Despair to Collective Risk-Taking
Angels or Apes? An Inquiry Into the Nature of Modern Sadism and the Optional Extinction of Our Species
Reclaiming the Self, Pain and Risk in the Pursuit of Our Best
Skateboarding the Third Rail
Choices on a Runaway Train
A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism

Part V: Leaving Safety
XYZ
Sunday Morning in Oakland
Island Journal
Devil's Work
Camping Out of the Comfort Zone
Males and Risk
The Politics of Hope
Everyday Courage and the "How" of Our Work
Mutually Assured Destruction and Jumping Horses
Jump
The Only Word I Heard was "Abeeda." That Means Slave

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