Year 5, Book 30

30. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
I received a free copy of this book at the Maryland Library Association conference. I had never heard of it before, but pretty much as soon as I got back from the conference I started to see a lot of talk about this book at least locally since it’s set in Baltimore. The book is written by Wes Moore, a Hopkins grad who received a Rhodes scholarship and continued on to a successful life. After seeing a story of another man named Wes Moore, who is only a few years older than him and who grew up in similar circumstances but wound up being convicted of murdering a police officer, the author became intrigued with the idea of two men with similar backgrounds winding up in completely different places. The book chronicles both their lives from their childhoods through the present. Moore offers little commentary aside from the beginning and end of the book rather allowing the juxtaposition of their stories to speak for itself. I really enjoyed the book and think it does speak to how lasting the consequences can be for what may seem like lots of little decisions that add up to a life. I’ve seen lots of talk about this book being a candidate for the One Maryland, One Book program which would result in a lot of kids reading it. I think it would be an excellent choice, especially in light of the connection to Baltimore. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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