When Johnquell, an African American teen, suffers a serious accident in the home of his white neighbor, Mrs. Czernicki, his community must find ways to bridge divisions between black and white, gay and straight, old and young. Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities—Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future. Morales gives life to multifaceted characters—white schoolteachers and senior citizens, Latino landlords, black and Puerto Rican teens, political activists, and Vietnam vets. As their lives unfold in these stories, we learn about Johnquell’s family—his grandparents’ involvement in the local Black Panther Party, his sister’s on-again, off-again friendship with a white classmate, and his aunt’s identity crisis as she finds herself falling in love with a woman. We also meet Johnquell’s mother, Gloria, and his school friend Taquan, who is struggling to chart his own future. As an activist mother in the thick of Milwaukee politics, Morales developed a keen ear and a tender heart for the kids who have inherited the city’s troubled racial legacy. With a critical eye on promises unfulfilled, Meet Me Halfway raises questions about the notion of a “postracial” society and, with humor and compassion, lifts up the day-to-day work needed to get there. Runner-up, Short Story/Anthology, Midwest Book Awards Best books for public & secondary school libraries from university presses, American Library Association Wisconsin representative for “Great Lakes Reads,” Library of Congress Center for the Book and its affiliated Midwest centers Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Library Association (one of ten 2015 books chosen)
: Jennifer Morales
University of Wisconsin Pres
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Conflict Resolution Between Men and Women
Would You Meet Me Halfway? (Revised edition, prior edition You Still Don't Understand.) Who's right? What's fair? If men and women really are that different, how do we compromise? Quarrels continue because we have real concerns over what is right and fair, and who ought to give in and on what. Many of us would be willing to meet halfway, but we hardly know what that means. Would You Meet Me Halfway? shines a flashlight on the power struggles between men and women, and shows why they continue. Enjoy this easy-to-understand presentation of the cleverly camouflaged combat tactics between men and women. The authors are masters of understanding our misunderstandings, and show you how to navigate through these confusing times. Much of it will surprise you. While we usually think of men as being strong and stoic, indications are that men are more seriously stressed in arguments with women than the other way around! While we think of our society as unfair to women, indications are that we often support women against men and leave men to take care of themselves. And while we seek equality, now more than ever, we continue to judge men and women by vastly different standards. This is just the ticket for those who wish to: ° Learn to stay on track ° Resuscitate a burned-out relationship; ° Make a good relationship great; ° Laugh out loud at our shared foibles; and ° Investigate some of the most intriguing puzzles of our times. (Endorsements from 1st edition.)"Carefully researched, well written, provocative, and often quite funny, this timely little volume is full of deep wisdom and practical insights not found elsewhere. The narrative moves smoothly between our early origins and the complexities of modern relation¬ships. Truly, a fascinating read."—Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution "If you are a man wondering why you aren't involved in a committed relationship, or a woman wondering where all the good men have gone, then you need to read this book. It explains the problem brilliantly."—Helen Smith, PhD, author of Men on Strike and host at Pajamas TV. See additional comments from the first edition, titled "You Still Don't Understand," on Amazon. Comments are consistently complimentary, with a 5 average rating on a 5 point scale.
: Richard Driscoll, Ph.d.,Nancy Ann Davis, Ph.D.
Family & Relationships
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