The Other Wes Moore

This month the Book it Sisters Read The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, Published April 2010, 233 pages.

Book it Sisters’ Grade: A-

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore.

Wes just couldn’t shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen?

That letter led to a correspondence and relationship that have lasted for several years. Over dozens of letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; they’d hung out on similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies.

Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption,The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Suzanne Rigby
Samantha HarrisonB+I didn't like this because it was depressing in that there does not to seem like there is a solution to this problem. It did give me more empathy for people caught in this situation.
Mary HalseyB+Amazing story bringing much thought and empathy...still not sure how to help but much research at end for this.
Judy BushA-This book accomplished its purpose of showing how t.wo men born in similar circumstances had very different outcomes in life. It is sad and emotional to follow the one who ends up in jail, and heartwarming to follow the one who succeeds. It made me feel like I wanted to help, but don't know how I, an outsider, could do a thing to help the self destructive drug culture in the inner city.
Cheryl ClowesAI enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see the different paths of the two Wes. It was discouraging to see that the cycle keeps going. I also liked to see the contrast and likeness of the two men. The efforts of the family really made the difference. This makes me think about my life and all of the good things in my life.
Anna McDanielsB+The book really made me think. I think it would be a good book for students in schools to read-
Silke ElsnerAgood book about the disadvantages black youth faces with hints of what the causes and the solutions might be.



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