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Today, I Cried: Why Writing About Gun Violence Will Never Be Enough

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The staff at BookTrib is deeply saddened by the tragedy in Florida. We extend our thoughts to the families and survivors.    “I caught a glimpse of this type of natural selection at work one December afternoon at Wilbur Cross High in New Haven. I was sitting in a second floor classroom talking to a social studies teacher. School was just letting out. A series of sharp pops erupted outside and we looked out the window and saw two cars parked at odd angles in the street. The boys inside the cars— at least three of them turned out to be Wilbur Cross students— were firing pistols at each other. Students were running diving behind hedges and snowbanks. One of…

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Picturing Hope: White House Photographer Pete Souza’s ‘Intimate Portrait’ of President Obama

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“They called him analytical and cerebral. But the lasting impression of Barack Obama’s presidency is deeply human and emotional. This is his legacy.” ~ Scott Snowman, January 18, 2017 in The Prompt White House photographers are not just taking pictures; they are documenting history and preserving a legacy.  Whatever your political views, there is one thing that will not change about the Barack Obama presidency: he was the nation’s first African American elected to the highest office in the land.  This was a hard-won feat that many, particularly those who grew up during the era of Jim Crow, never believed would see accomplished in their lifetime. But it did and everything else that followed was equally historic. Now, a year…

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Newtown: An American Tragedy

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For the staff of BookTrib, most national news stories happen somewhere else. The Newtown tragedy was different. We are based in Southwestern Connecticut, only 28 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many of us have connections to the children and educators who were lost, some live in neighboring towns. Sandy Hook was the tragedy that took place in our own backyard. Everyone has a different way of dealing with grief, especially with grief this profound. To try to understand the inexplicable, journalist Matthew Lysiak has written Newtown: An American Tragedy. “Newtown is an important story that needs to be told. Hopefully, this book contributes to a better understanding of that tragic day…and as a result, better informs us on how…

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