By Zeke Caligiuri
Prison is the place Zeke Caligiuri is. Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis, dubbed “Murderapolis” the yr he became eighteen, is the place he comes from. It was once an identical local his father grew up in yet had replaced dramatically via the early Nineties. but in Zeke’s relations, parents and grandmother stored issues jointly whereas throughout them the homes decayed and once-safe streets gave approach to the overwhelm of poverty and crime.
This Is the place I Am is Zeke Caligiuri’s clear-eyed account of ways he bought from there to the following, how a boy who had each desire went from dreaming of freedom to wasting it, in addition to approximately every little thing and everybody he enjoyed. Tenderhearted in its reflections on his misplaced early life, brutally candid in its description of a lifetime of placing and hustling, Zeke’s memoir recreates an international of tagging and goofing long past awry, of relocating from smoking pot to unsuccessful makes an attempt at dealing crack, of staring at his father weep on the funeral of a seventeen-year-old boy, of going to penal complex: first strike. It is a spot the place, while requested what he will do along with his lifestyles, a chum can in basic terms solution: “What the fuck are you conversing about?”
This Is the place I Am is Zeke's personal resolution: he's going to inform his tale, each sharp aspect and sobering be aware, with the common grace of a talented author and the hard-won knowledge of hindsight.
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