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From Barnes & NobleA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014
In 2011, novelist Jeff Hobbs received terrible news: Robert Peace, his Yale roommate and a great friend, had been murdered in an apparent drug deal gone wrong. It was an event made all the more shocking by the fairy tale narrative of Peace’s life: a gifted boy from the slums of New Jersey, he triumphed over a troubled upbringing to graduate from the Ivy League. In a work that is both a touching biography and a sobering cultural critique, Hobbs, who is white, confronts head-on the cultural divide between himself and his departed friend, and asks why someone who seemed to have made it out would allow himself to be pulled back in. See all of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2014.