Ann Patchett's Bookshelf
By Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
LeBlanc spent ten years following two girls into their adulthood in the South Bronx. Their lives are surrounded by drugs, crime and so much madness that it's amazing they are able to function, much less make a stab at raising their children. The subjects are neither condemned nor exonerated; they're just human beings who've been born into incredibly hard lives. It's a chance to read how news stories and welfare laws are lived out by real people.