Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Paperback)

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Reading this book—confronting Bryan Stevenson’s humility, generosity, kindness, diligence, and wisdom—is the closest I’ve come recently to glimpsing the cheek of god. 

 

— Sarah

If you are angry, you need peace. Read this. If you are not angry, you should be. Read this.

 

— Carly

Bryan Stevenson invites on us on this journey to turn our idea of our perceived meritocratic society on its head by asking us the question, Can we imagine a world where each of us has the opportunity to be defined by more than the worst thing we've ever done, where redemption (not without accountability) is truly possible? Each of us will leave a fraught legacy. What does it look like to extend the grace to others we would most certainly appreciate for ourselves? Yikes! This book is heavy from beginning to end. From drawing us into the depths of the epidemic of mass incarceration, "The New Jim Crow," as Michelle Alexander refers to it, and exposing our nation's deeply rooted problems of racism and police brutality, to causing us to grapple with our own humanity as we see it reflected back to us in everyone from the inmates, both guilty and not, to the powers that be, actively handing out and passively complicit in oppression and injustice, to Bryan as both fearless hero, and unmistakably human human. Heavy, but important. Oh, so important.

— Genay

November 2014 Indie Next List


“The history of incarceration in America is deeply colored by our history of racism and poverty. Stevenson's work providing legal aid to death row inmates exposes truly inhumane, unjust practices and astonishing legal carelessness often fueled by outright prejudice. Just Mercy does not stop at reportage, but examines the costs to the individual, the family, the community, and society at large of these practices. This is a powerful book about one man's efforts to address injustice and a clarion call for reform not just for those imprisoned, but for a society that has lost its way.”
— Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA

Description


Bryan Stevenson's incredible fight to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality comes to life in this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson.

In this very personal work--adapted from the original #1 bestseller, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so"--renowned lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom as the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Stevenson's story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society--the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.

A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to charity to help in Stevenson's important work to benefit the voiceless and the vulnerable as they attempt to navigate the broken U.S. justice system.

A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A BOOKLIST EDITORS' CHOICE
FEATURED ON CBS THIS MORNING
A NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A TRUE STORY OF THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE:
"It's really exciting that young people are getting a version tailored for them." --Salon

"A deeply moving collage of true stories. . . . This is required reading." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Compassionate and compelling, Stevenson's narrative is also unforgettable." --Booklist, starred review

PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION:
"Gripping. . . . What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation." --DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"Important and compelling." --Pulitzer Prize-winning author TRACY KIDDER

"Inspiring and powerful." --#1 New York Times bestselling author JOHN GRISHAM

About the Author


Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has secured relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued several times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has won numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. He lives in Alabama.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593177044
ISBN-10: 0593177045
Publisher: Ember
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019
Pages: 288