When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

by Timothy Black
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When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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To be quick about: a great book about the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers struggling with illiteracy and poverty, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, in Springfield, Massachusetts. The author, a sociologist, spent 18 years following the brothers through their turbulent lives, and has written a book which gives the most detailed and engrossing study I know of what those lives I like. The book is exceptionally well written and the stories Tim Black tells are powerful and illuminating. There's a wonderful and heartbreaking chapter on how one brother sought to use the school system to help him overcome illiteracy and another on the experiences of one of the brothers in state prison. Either chapter is worth the price of the book. The author is so well informed and so skillful a writer he can even explain in a clear and enlightening way how the deregulation of the trucking industry made it harder for independent operators to succeed and undermined the hopes of one of the brothers to own his own business. Yes - a terrific book for anyone interested in American life today, in Puerto Ricans, schools, the law, poverty, immigration, Springfield itself, prisons, the drug trade, or - even - the trucking industry.