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.

Category Archives: book review

The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration

Book Review: The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) by Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, and Margaret Pfeil Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning is known for the following quote: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s by Meryl Comer

Book Review: Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s (HarperOne, 2014) by Meryl Comer Slow Dancing with a Stranger was published earlier this month, and all proceeds … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 5 Comments

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff

Book Review: Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy (Mariner Books, 2013) by David Sheff David Sheff wrote Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, which received quite a bit … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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