Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope


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Life's changes. They happen every day. Some large, some small. A few are very personal. Others impact the world. Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope includes original and inspiring essays that celebrate the glories gained from taking risks, breaking down barriers, and overcoming any obstacles.

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O.Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling challenges and experiences. From contemplations on past drug use to reflections on gun control, social justice, passion and its sacrifices, and adventures such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and golfing, the topics vary greatly. This kaleidoscopic anthology is a commentary on the lives of prominent literary artists and ordinary citizens who have made simple, yet powerful choices that provoked change in one's self and for humanity—much the same way that Luke and Jennifer Reynolds do by building this invaluable collection for readers and the world of human rights.

Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most special about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales of Dedicated to the People of Darfur:Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope will benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813546186
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/11/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

LUKE and JENNIFER REYNOLDS are both passionate about human rights causes and literature. Currently they live in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with their son, Tyler. LUKE is a teacher and writer and JENNIFER is a freelance writer and full-time mother.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Fears Within
Weeping Unfamiliar Tears
The Risk of (Not) Communicating
Real Risks
Holding a Little Girl's Hand
Safe Passage
Rescuing Fire from the Flood

Part II: Writing Risk
Life Drawings
Writing Toward the Center
Like a Syrupy Sweet
An Apostate in Academe
Risks in Writing the Novel, The Rape of Sita
One Man's Risk
Writing Sucks
On the Line
Politics and the Imagination

Part III: Where I Come From
That Other World That Was The World
Melodious Chimes
Rescued by Junkies
The Prozac Variations
Our Side of the Tracks
The House Fire
The Risk of Deadness
The Risk of Consciousness
High Noon at Midnight

Part IV: Creating Change
Taking Risks
Girls and Guns
From Individual Despair to Collective Risk-Taking
Angels or Apes? An Inquiry Into the Nature of Modern Sadism and the Optional Extinction of Our Species
Reclaiming the Self, Pain and Risk in the Pursuit of Our Best
Skateboarding the Third Rail
Choices on a Runaway Train
A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism

Part V: Leaving Safety
Sunday Morning in Oakland
Island Journal
Devil's Work
Camping Out of the Comfort Zone
Males and Risk
The Politics of Hope
Everyday Courage and the "How" of Our Work
Mutually Assured Destruction and Jumping Horses
The Only Word I Heard was "Abeeda." That Means Slave
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