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Bone To Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, and Revenge

Cose, Ellis
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) New York: Atria Books.

In the following pages, we will focus less on the deadly consequences of memory than on its converse: the harm that comes from not giving memory its due. We will meet people from South Africa to East Timor, to Greensboro, North Carolina, who see sifting through painful memories – exposing ugliness to light – as a sacred duty and as the key to their people’s salvation. Herein also are parables of forgiveness and reconciliation; stories of extraordinary individuals who have learned a powerful lesson: that moving from trauma to recovery, from tragedy to renewal, sometimes means reaching out to those you have every right to hate. (excerpt)


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