Stuart Albright earned his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from UNC Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. from Harvard. When he was only 26, Albright published Blessed Returns, a memoir about a summer he spent working in the slums of Camden, New Jersey. In 2009, Albright published Sidelines, which was hailed by the Sun Journal as "the definitive word" on high school football. His work has appeared in the News and Observer, Herald-Sun, and Independent Weekly. Albright currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Jordan High School in Durham, NC, where he also coaches football. In 2006, Albright was named the Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year. In 2008, he received the Milken National Educator Award, dubbed the "Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine. In addition to teaching, Albright is a freelance editor and a regular guest lecturer on issues of urban education. He lives with his wife and son in Durham.
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Sid Ellison believes that he’s left Durham, NC, for good. But when his older brother, Tyrell, is charged with the murder of a Pakistani woman, Sid has no choice but to confront his troubled past. Bull City moves from the tobacco factories of Durham to Pakistan and finally to Boston before returning to the South for a dramatic and unexpected climax.
Sidelines is an insider's look at the fascinating world of high-school football, and, beyond that, it is also about the death and rebirth of the American community. Stuart Albright uses football to explore our nation's complicated history of race and public education and to explain why some communities continue to thrive while others are slowly dying away.
Camden, New Jersey, is quite possibly the most troubled and dangerous city in America. Blessed Returns is the moving, deeply personal account of a young man's coming-of-age amidst a life-changing summer. Albright worked at a youth facility in the heart of Camden's blighted, industrial core, and he discovered a community governed by faith and resilience in the face of unimaginable despair.
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