A blog about non-fiction books that address societal issues and problems
Here are some of my absolute favorites out of the various sociological books that I have read during the past several years. I listed them in order from most recent to least recent publication date. (When I say sociological, I just mean that the book addresses sociological issues. The authors are not necessarily sociologists, yet they are writing about issues that sociologists study).
Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America (ILR Press, 2012) by Barbara Jensen
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Free Press, 2011) by Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.
Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective (NYU Press, 2011) Edited by Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010) by Michelle Alexander
Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration (University of Chicago Press, 2007) by Davah Pager
Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage (Penguin, 2006) by Stephanie Coontz
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Basic Civitas Books, 2006) by Michael Eric Dyson
Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse (Vintage, 2005) by Steve Bogira
Class Matters (Times Books, 2005) by The New York Times
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Holt, 2001) by Barbara Ehrenreich
There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America (Doubleday, 1992) by Alex Kotlowitz