Sociological Ruminations

A blog about books (both non-fiction and fiction) that address forms of social inequality associated with race, gender, class, or mental health.

Author Archives: Christine

Prison Baby: A Memoir by Deborah Jiang Stein

Book Review: Prison Baby: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2014) by Deborah Jiang Stein Written in the form of a novel, Prison Baby is an autobiography that tells the life story of Deborah Jiang … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast by Bonnie Henderson

Book Review: The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast (Oregon State University Press, 2014) by Bonnie Henderson.  Non-fiction (306 pages) Last spring, I visited the very beautiful state of Oregon … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson

Book Review: Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy (Penguin Books, 2010) by Bruce Watson This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.  In … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge by John Bateson

Book Review: The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge (University of California Press, 2012) by John Bateson. I used to live in San Francisco, and I have photos and … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Sociological Summer Reading List

Just in case you’re looking for something to read this summer, I made a list of some of the books that will be discussed in the “Author Meets Critics” sessions at this … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Screaming Through the Silence by Mary Ann Ricciardi

I just finished reading Screaming Through the Silence, a short book written by Mary Ann Ricciardi and published late last fall.  Several decades ago, when she was a brand new … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rape New York, a Memoir by Jana Leo

* A home located on a cul-de-sac with very few routes leading to a main road has fewer “get-aways” for a burglar and may therefore hold less appeal. * As … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · Leave a comment