Praise for How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence
“Outstanding. ... An incredibly rich and compelling examination.”
--Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune
“A very powerful book about the realities of crime on the streets of Chicago. ... [The stories] went a whole lot deeper than the headlines and what we were able to do on the news.”
--Darlene Hill, Fox 32 TV Chicago
“A stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book [that will] alter the ways in which you think. I guarantee that after you read this book, the next murder that screams across the headlines and television news will affect you more deeply than ever before. … How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence now joins my Best Books I’ve Ever Read List.”
--Rick Kogan, noted journalist, author and WGN radio personality
"Transforms the shattering statistics of youth violence into intimately human experiences. … This is a book everyone should read."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist Online
“A stunning array of stories. The book exudes raw honesty. … It doesn't deliver easy answers, but it humanizes rage and violence. … This is where hope starts.”
--Robert Koehler, syndicated columnist
“How Long Will I Cry? is a huge success for Big Shoulders Books.”
--Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader Online
“Standing out among the buzz of new fall books … is one very significant project: How Long Will I Cry?”
--Naomi Huffman, New City
“Requests have been coming in from all over the country from inner-city after-school programs, libraries, high schools and even police departments.”
--Paul Biasco, DNAinfo Chicago
Praise for I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War
"The uniqueness of I Remember is that one or more sentences often tell a story of their own...It will be of benefit of anyone looking to understand the experience of war. This is a worthwhile work of wartime literature that will long be remembered."
--Joseph Reitz, Books in Review II, The VVA Veteran Magazine
"Your entry point into lives twisted by-and yes-transformed by violence. ... Eye-opening, unsettling, and perhaps galvanizing to action.. I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War is a moving collection that simultaneously mourns the horrors of war and celebrates the indomitable spirit in each and every one of those voices"
-- Amy Danzer, New City
"This beautiful book is written on the simplest of premises: "I remember." Here are Chicago's bravest, remembering all that war can be. Theirs are memories that sear and soar and won't be easily forgotten--not by them, of course, not ever, and not by the rest of us eaither, as we become their witnesses."
--David Finkle, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service
"The book offers some rare insights and observations from veterans--many of whom are reluctant to open up about their time in combat."
--Eddie Arruza, Chicago Tonight, WTTW
Praise for Write Your Heart Out
"There is honesty peppering these pages, or at least a sincere striving toward it. There is some joy and some pain, humor and heartache. And there is considerable hope too, embodied in thoughts and feelings expressed in more than 140- or 280- character length, without selfies or emojis."
--Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune