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Sew Fun gAroup of mentally and physically challenged young people take center stage in this novel It is set in a nursing home on the South Side of Chicago and is told in alternating chapters between seven characters the patients and those who work for the company that administers the facility The author herself is wheelchair bound after a serious accident so she knows what she writes This book has an agenda but it is so skillfully rendered that one is entertained or indignant but not annoyedOne of the employees receives three hundred for every bed she fills in the facility and she spends her nights scoping out shelters to see if she can find any her nights scoping out shelters to see if she can find any These are kids some severely disabled many mentally challenged and some that have been abused and yet they think about the same things we do They want meaningful relationships people to tell them the truth power wheelchairs so that they can move when they want instead of when someone else wants They want all the freedom they can have within their disability Some of it is downright funny but I felt somewhat irreverent laughing but I think that was the point These kids are sad they are funny they are many things As Yessinia says If this is an award of the state you can have things As Yessinia says If this is an award of the state you can have awardA well done book that everyone should read 4255starsAmazing book with amazing disability rep for my disability in literature course for Count the Monkeys grad school This is a very realistic view of private residences for disabled youth They are created to serve children with physical and or psychological and mental challenges and uickly become cash cows for unscrupulous investors andreedy lazy doctors I saw this first hand almost 40 years ago when I worked in a similar institution which employed milieu therapy which means no therapySusan Nussbaum the author has the advantage of being born able and later on being hit by a bus She is able to breathe life into the character of Joanne who also was hit by a bus Ms Nussbaum used her experiences working with others who belong to the special club crips to people Good King Bad King The young people become awards of the state because their parents physically financially and emotionally are unable to care for them These teens are fierce and frail having survived the School of Hard Knocks Their academic deficits are rarely addressed in their especially bad education The State is deaf and blind to the needs of a education The State is deaf and blind to the needs of a which no one wants to seeThat being said many of these down and out children are resilient For every scheming predator there is an underpaid overworked houseparent teacher Legal Aid lawyer to offer support and Crash guidanceParts but not all of this very realistic novel arerim It is truly the story of man against himself kids fighting their own bodies and man against society kids fighting to be seen heard and respected Nussbaum is inspired by her characters and hopes to The Daily Reader give hope to those who fight Book club read 4 Feb 2017not only shines a light on a segment of society often ignored in art as well as life but also a reallyreat read The Washington PostMore than shines a light this book exposes what s wrong and what is right with the whole system specifically nursing homes for disabled children Kids are abused neglected some die even one is too many and others The Breakout Novelist grow up within the system hoping some day their lives mighto back to normal on the outside just wanting what every other kid wants To have fun be loved Beaded Jewelry With Found Objects Incorporate Anything from Buttons to Shells get a job feel valuedet married and move into an apartmentBecause this home has the misfortune of also being located in Illinois where I live where no matter who they elect to be The Government Inspector governor they can t seem to pass a state budget or pay the bills this place is probably disadvantaged than others I can only imagineSusan Nussbaum s debut is an amazing success She manages to tell a sad story with a sense of humor and compassion Loved it 25 starsWell this is awkward How can youive a less than stellar ra. Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaumā€™s powerful novel invites us into the lives of a roup of typical teenagers alienated funny yearning for autonomy except that they live in an institution for juveniles.

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Good Kings Bad KingsThat addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships Good Kings Bad Kings is a perfect fit for the awardIn the voices of residents and employees Nussbaum presents life in a state run nursing home for juveniles with disabilities A novel about institutionalized kids may sound like it a state run nursing home for juveniles with disabilities A novel about institutionalized kids may sound like it oing to be terribly depressi I have very mixed feelings about this book which is narrated by a cast of characters involved in a public home for teenagers with disabilities in Illinois On one hand I feel very positively about it in the sense that Nussbaum herself a disability activist does a T2 Infiltrator great job humanizing the lives and the plights of these often forgotten and dehumanized individuals She does an excellent job creating a variety of believable voices However and contrary to the views of an interviewer of Nussbaum I read just today I found the book extremely didactic It seemed that many characters were there to serve the purpose of yelling at the reader Look at how horrible this is Mia epitomizes victimhood Joanne is the crusader who isoing to expose the horrendously malfunctioning system Michelle is the almost willfully ignorant woman who thinks she is doing Wire Art Jewelry Workshop good but is really undermining all of the children Indeed the system IS horrible and I actually think this book can do a lot for opening peoples eyes to this fact I just wish it hadn t felt uite so obvious in doing so I have been anxiously waiting for 8 months to read this book In June I watched Barbara Kingsolverive Susan Nussbaum the Bellwether award and Susan s inspirational and emotional speech left most of us in tears Since then I ve been pestering the publisher s rep for a alley and received it the other day So far I am absolutely loving it and hope it continues to be fabulous so I can recommend it to everyone I knowUpdate It took a bit be fabulous so I can recommend it to everyone I knowUpdate It took a bit sort out the various characters as the story is told from the viewpoints of the staff and residents of an institution for juveniles with various kinds of disabilities but eventually the novel became engrossing and moving This book will rip out your heart stomp on it with 6 in platform heels and stuff it back into your chest Truly amazing and I hope it s the huge success it deserves It would also be worth recommending to older teensA word of warning though try not to finish it in public and have a few tissues handy Proponents of privatizing public services argue that by managing operations like a private business these services can be provided much efficiently So what is the natural outcome when residentialcustodial care is outsourced to a corporation whose board demands a healthy profit and profits are driven by keeping as many beds filled for as little cost as possible The oal is certainly not to try to support families with disabled children to keep them at home instead of in residential care It s not to prepare those children for living as independently as possible when they reach adulthood becoming contributing members of society Oh and if that same company holds Longbows in the Far North An Archer's Adventures in Alaska and Siberia government contracts for residential psychiatric care Perhaps there s a profit motive for assigning psychiatric diagnoses to children with behavioral problems This was an interesting book with some interesting things to say But it isrim reading and I was outraged at the way the author chose to end it I don t expect or even want happy endings especially in a book so determined to strive for realism But there is no sense of resolution no looking forward no anything It just stops like the author The Day the Crayons Came Home got tired of writing or the publisher refused to print than 465 pages Audiobook purchased via Audible The performances by a cast of readers were the best part of this book They breathed life into the characters as each told his or her own story This is oneood exception to my dislike for first person present tense The writing style in this case fit the story being told perfectly. Ittle or no control over their fate Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled in a story told with remarkable authenticity and in voices that resound with humor and spiri. Ting to a book that deals with youth nursing homes and disabilities It s just that this novel was so cookie cutter and predictable All the bad happens rape kick backs abuse mistreatment etc And some ood happens too The characters are not well developed and everything is wrapped up too neatly I appreciate that Nussbaum did her regarding the System and its treatment of the handicapped in Chicago but the alternating points of view didn t much by tone so each voice sounded exactly the same and the voices were too collouial too much like a teenager from the hetto talking to his buddies on the street corner So Ricky the driver sounds like Michelle the recruiter and they all sound the same yo know what I m sayin There is clearly a Theme here a very heavy Theme with a big t and it s that the system abuses its power and people with disabilities need autonomy and freedom I don t disagree but this book was so preachy there were so many lessons and roses rew out of the ashes and so on I was especially annoyed by the romance between Joanne who was a uadriplegic and Ricky the driver at the youth nursing home and a really Nice Guy We are told early on that Joanne is a uadriplegic and her wheelchair is mentioned but other than that there is little focus on
it means to live as uadriplegic the risks of pneumonia for example Initially Joanne is depressed and never leaves her house Then she ets a job at the youth nursing home where Ricky works and it s like a complete 360 just like that Now Joanne is very independent and her romance with Ricky progresses as if her being a uadriplegic weren t an issue I compare this to Moyes brilliant Me Before You which truly tackles what it means to live as a uadriplegic and love someone with such a profound disability which has mental and emotional implications and this book just falls flat on its face Writing this review wasn t easy for me because reading this book felt very personal In my life prior to my current career I ve worked in a lot of nursing homes and one center for independent living I worked with adults for a long time before finally finding school psychology My life experience had a reat impact on how I reacted to this book Let s start with the characters With the exception of one non perspective character I have worked with every single one of these characters While to others the characters may seem hamfisted to others I can say from experience that they all rang very true to me The stories told by the teenagers and young adults were not stories I d heard until I worked at the CIL center The characters really make this book because they tie together the narrative They re all well written and fully developed complex and human The character who most impressed me was Michelle and not because I think she s an admirable character I think it s because she is the average reader of this book She s an important perspective because the whole idea that institutionalization is for the ood of the disabled is s an important perspective because the whole idea that institutionalization is for the ood of the disabled is by many and acceptable ableism It s not that Michelle has this blinding revelation that changes her perspective but it s that small realization that something isn t right with the system I think one of the reasons Michelle made me so angry is that a part of me knows I thought like that at one point The beauty of this book is it s ability to evoke strong emotions without being overly sentimental or unrealistic The characters are people telling their story it s clearly their narratives without moralizing What also made this book harder to review was that this was a book that evoked a lot of feelings from me And feelings are hard to review This book spoke to me and it s a conversation that needs to happen It must feel heady to receive an award for your first novel almost a year before it s published Susan Nussbaum received the PENBellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction in June of 2012 The prize promotes fiction. With disabilities This unfamiliar isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside friendships are forged trust is built love affairs are kindled and rules are broken But those who call it home have ,