Andrew Furman

The undefeated basketball squad of Granada Hill featured one Asian-American, five black and six white students, including Andrew Furman (fourth from left)

Integrated Schools Colored Our Worlds

Opponents of a recent Supreme Court ruling that limits the use of race for school integration programs have focused primarily on how it will impact our nation’s minority schoolchildren. And so they should. The court’s decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 will accelerate a disturbing pattern of racial isolation being felt most severely by inner-city black and Latino students.

Cracking Gum –– and Stereotypes

How This Night Is Different By Elisa Albert Free Press, 199 pages, $18. * * *|‘In her backpack for Auschwitz, Shayna Markowitz packs the following,” begins one story in Elisa Albert’s debut fiction collection, “How This Night Is Different.” The sardonic, mischievous wit of such a line, and of the collection as a whole, sets

Sex, Lies and the German Occupation

The Mercy Room By Gilles Rozier Little, Brown and Company, 192 pages. $22.95. * * *|The scaffolding of Gilles Rozier’s taut, affecting novel, “The Mercy Room,” has all the makings of a Sunday evening television melodrama. The scene: a small town in France during the German Occupation. The hero and narrator: a French Christian