The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma is a gripping real-life account of a death of a young 15-year-old black boy from Benton Harbor, MI. Eric's death was a mystery that stirred up the racial tensions between the predominately poor black city of Benton Harbor and the affluent White city St. Joseph. "St. Joseph is a prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black." The author masterfully uses the English language to draw the reader into this corner of Michigan and show how truth is not so easily seen when dealing with this investigation. The story sometimes gets a bit hard to know why the author includes some information and not other information and his honest quoting of people includes some swear words. But it is a very good book nonetheless.

This book is 322 pages.