Reading with Patrick

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Reading with Patrick
320 pages; Random House
While her favorite student awaits trial for murder in an Arkansas jail, Kuo—whose Taiwanese parents believe education is “a ladder to safety and prosperity”—steps in as Patrick’s only support. Bonding over a shared appreciation of James Baldwin and Frederick Douglass, the two embrace the written word as “refuge, a separate place” in this tender memoir of their time together.
— Taylor Lannamann