Michelle Kuo, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrant parents, taught for Teach for America in Helena, Arkansas, which is where she met and mentored a young African American student. Three years later, when she discovered that this once promising student was on trial for murder, they resumed their teacher/student relationship. Her book, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship (Random House), is both a meditation on education, race and justice and the story of the friendship between two writers, both coming of age.
"This book is special and could not be more right on time. It's an absorbing, tender, and surprisingly honest examination of race and privilege in America that helps articulate what is often lost, seemingly intentionally, in national debates over criminal justice and education: the inner life and imagination of a young person." --Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore.