‘Whatever it Takes’ on This American Life

If you’re feeling in need of an uplift, listen to NPR’s This American Life‘s fascinating profile of Geoffrey Canada and his plan to save Harlem’s children. Canada shows that simple steps (like getting poor parents to read to their kids) can have an amazing impact. The story is reported by Paul Tough and is based on his book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.  It rose to #45 on Amazon over the weekend.

The book also received a strong review in the LAT on Sunday and was featured in USA Today’s Education section earlier in the week. The book has also been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Library ordering is light, with one to one holds in most areas. A few libraries have not ordered it. In the case of this book, perhaps it’s worth going beyond the expressed demand.


Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

Paul Tough

  • Hardcover: $26; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; (August 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0618569898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618569892

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