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'An American Summer' Presents The Human Side Of Gun Violence In Chicago

Alex Kotlowitz's new book amplifies the words of those who have witnessed tragedy and makes their experiences available to readers — a chronicle that is painful but also necessary.
An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz Source: NPR

In An American Summer, the reader is asked to ponder this: "In a good year in Chicago, roughly 2,000 people get wounded by gun fire, or five people a day, give or take. Some years the number has risen to over 4,000, or roughly one person every two hours."

Writer and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz knows this. He has written about Chicago for most of his career. His book , which chronicles the lives of two boys struggling to survive in Chicago's

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