With Heart in Hand
A young Harvard grad, bred to do well, goes to do good in Arkansas.
This book is so well-written. You’re impressed with Harvard and her Taiwanese background and whatever else went onto making Michelle Kuo write so personally and honestly. She pulls no punches about herself or the hardscrabble environment she finds herself in. She takes things seriously.
She came to Helena, Arkansas in the Teach for America program. There’s no other way Helena and Michelle would have met. There’s no other way Michelle would have met Patrick, the African-American eighth grader whose life the book comes to focus on. It’s a challenge, this relationship. Michelle’s efforts to do right by him move you. You envy her moral compass. And her ability to tell a story. This is quite a book.