Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough

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Whatever It Takes
336 pages; Mariner Books
"This is a life-changing book," Wentworth says of Tough's look at the work of social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada, who created the Harlem Children's Zone, a cradle-to-college, community-based organization. "My mantra is 'The art is in the doing.' A lot of people talk about polls and research, but I have a hard time with all the red tape. I just go, I get it, but can we rush a can of soup to the family right now?" Canada's example inspired Wentworth to create Baby Love DC, a Washington, D.C. charity that recycles children's clothing and equipment. "We're partnering with companies to distribute diapers and other supplies to people who can't afford them."
— As told to Lesley Gaspar