A memoir of race, inequality, and literacy, Reading with Partrick tells the story of tutoring a former student, arrested on charges of murder, in a county jail in Arkansas. As James Wood writes in The New Yorker, those "interested in questions of pedagogy, racism, and incarceration in America, not to mention literary criticism, will be enthralled by this book."
About the Author: Michelle Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. After graduating from Harvard Law, she became an immigrants’ rights lawyer at Centro Legal de la Raza, a nonprofit in Oakland, California. She advocated for tenants facing evictions, workers stiffed out of their wages, and families facing deportation. Michelle has also clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan at the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit and taught courses through the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Michelle grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended public schools from kindergarten to high school graduation.