Record Details

Catalog Search

Better, not bitter : living on purpose in the pursuit of racial justice / Yusef Salaam.

Available copies

  • 2 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

1 current hold with 6 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch B SALAAM SAL (Text) 34207002384999 Adult Non-Fiction Biographies Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville B SALAAM, YUSEF SALAAM (Text) 33946003682296 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 06/24/2021
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library 921 SALAAM (Text) 39206021701972 New Materials Checked out 06/28/2021
Peru PL - Peru 921 SALAAM Y (Text) 53069000582966 NEW BOOK Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 921 Salaam (Text) 31208913241305 new non-fiction Checked out 07/06/2021
Westfield Washington PL - Westfield B-Salaam (Text) 78292000391558 Adult New Book Collection Checked out 06/29/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538705001
  • ISBN: 1538705001
  • Physical Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-288.)
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Born on purpose, with a purpose -- The escape -- Master Yusef Salam -- Before -- 95A113 -- Elevate and decide in the air -- Love and war -- SALAAM BALONEY? -- The safest man you could ever meet -- The expendability of a people -- A mother's love -- Ignorance as a trillion-dollar industry -- Becoming an alchemist.
Summary, etc.:
"They didn't know who they had. So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam's seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a spiritual perspective on life. Yusef learned that we're all 'born on purpose, with a purpose.' Despite having confronted the racist heart of America while being 'run over by the spiked wheels of injustice,' Yusef channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities. Better Not Bitter is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. Yusef writes his narrative: growing up Black in central Harlem in the '80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. Yusef connects these stories to lessons and principles he learned that gave him the power to survive through the worst of life's experiences. He inspires readers to accept their own path, to understand their own sense of purpose. With his intimate personal insights, Yusef unpacks the systems built and designed for profit and the oppression of Black and Brown people. He inspires readers to channel their fury into action, and through the spiritual, to turn that anger and trauma into a constructive force that lives alongside accountability and mobilizes change. This memoir is an inspiring story that grew out of one of the gravest miscarriages of justice, one that not only speaks to a moment in time or the rage-filled present, but reflects a 400-year history of a nation's inability to be held accountable for its sins. Yusef Salaam's message is vital for our times, a motivating resource for enacting change. Better, Not Bitter has the power to soothe, inspire and transform. It is a galvanizing call to action."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Salaam, Yusef, 1974-
Prisoners > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
False imprisonment > New York (State) > New York.
Judicial error > New York (State) > New York.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration > New York (State) > New York.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Additional Resources