About the other side of the river bestselling author alex kotlowitz is one of this country’s foremost writers on the ever explosive issue of race in this gripping and ultimately profound book, kotlowitz takes us to two towns in southern michigan, st joseph and benton harbor, separated by the st joseph river. Alex kotlowitz’s the other side of the river is a disturbing look at race relations in america set in both the picturesque white town of st joseph and its poor black neighbor, benton harbor, it portrays a culture where tension and mistrust are always threatening to boil over.
Alex kotlowitz is perhaps best known for his national bestseller, there are no children here: the story of two boys growing up in the other america, which the new york public library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century alex’s nonfiction stories, which one critic wrote “inform the heart”, have appeared in print, radio and film.
Alex kotlowitz uncovers layers of both evidence and opinion, and demonstrates that in many ways, the truth is shaped by which side of the river you call home kotlowitz tries to solve the mystery of the body in the river and indeed comes up with a number of possible solutions, some more probable than others.
Alex kotlowitz’s nonfiction work the other side of the river discusses a mysterious death that may be related to social tension between two neighboring towns in michigan, st joseph and benton harbor st joseph is a predominantly white, upper middle class city, while benton harbor is impoverished and predominantly black.
As alex kotlowitz succinctly states in the first sentence ofthe other side of the river, “this much is not in dispute” almost everything else about the death of young eric mcginnis, unfortunately, is in dispute.