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A stone of hope : a memoir

Author: Jim St Germain; Jon Sternfeld
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A searing memoir by a young black man who was a lost cause until he landed in a rehabilitation program that saved his life and gave him purpose.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Jim St Germain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim St Germain; Jon Sternfeld
ISBN: 9780062458797 0062458795
OCLC Number: 981580075
Description: x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Brooklyn, USA. Front-row seat ; Five square blocks ; Hustle ; Buffett ; Survival mode ; T and T's --
Part II: The system. State property ; Points ; Scars ; Inside out ; Light ; Astonishing --
Part III: Out. Re-entry ; Through ; Exposure ; Outward ; The circle ; The bridge ; Thousands of Kalief Browders ; Fences and billboards ; Unfinished products.
Responsibility: Jim St. Germain, with Jon Sternfeld.

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A searing memoir by a young black man who was a lost cause until he landed in a rehabilitation program that saved his life and gave him purpose.

Born into abject poverty in Haiti, St. Germain's family moved to Brooklyn's Crown Heights where he adapted to street life and began stealing, dealing drugs, and growing increasingly indifferent to despair and violence. At the age of fifteen he was placed in "Boys Town," a nonsecure detention facility designed for rehabilitation. Surrounded by mentors and positive male authority, St. Germain got his GED and graduated from college. Then he made the bravest decision of his life: to live in the projects and work to reform the way the criminal justice system treats at-risk youth.

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