it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s a new year, new week, new book! I recently borrowed The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs from the library—I have had my eye on it for several weeks now and couldn’t wait any longer. It’s my first book of 2015 and I am HOOKED. Robert Peace was an intellectually gifted young man born into poverty in Newark, New Jersey, raised by his single mother who worked numerous jobs just to make ends meet, and who only wanted a better life for her son. His father was arrested for a double-homicide. His academic aptitude is obvious from the beginning, though his tough neighborhood and its drugs and violence threatened to squash his potential. Hard work and determination during four years of prep school landed Rob at Yale, and after graduation he returned to his old neighborhood to teach high school, only to be brutally murdered at age 30. Author Jeff Hobbs was Rob’s friend roommate at Yale.

I’m finding this one very hard to put down—I seem to have great luck with engrossing non-fiction being my first read of the year.

What are you reading this week?

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