Parents and teachers shouldn’t miss this event!
I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup is the chronicle of David Chura’s 10 years teaching teenagers incarcerated at an adult county jail in Westchester, NY. In a series of vivid portraits that read like short stories, Chura brings to life a generation of young people caught up in the streets and all that that life leads to. Jonathan Kozol calls this book “powerful…and beautifully done…rich with devastating narrative” while the Times Union wrote that “the book discovers in the prison labyrinth a metaphor of the confinements and refuges of the human spirit.”
I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, a book accessible to a variety of grade levels, has been assigned reading in Freshman Literature classes in community colleges as well as the subject of various high school reading and writing projects. Whether students are at-risk themselves or are curious about a world and culture they see around them and that has touched their own lives through music, fashion, TV or movies, these stories with their insider’s view of urban culture and the world of jail easily capture students’ interest.
David Chura, born, raised and educated in the Capital District, has visited both high school and college classes to discuss his book. Discussion topics range from the writing process itself to the lives explored in these portraits to the important issues surrounding the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
His writings have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Education Next. He is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Beacon Broadside. Visit his website at www.kidsinthesystem.wordpress.com.