Sociological Ruminations

A blog about non-fiction books that address societal issues and problems

Ferguson, Missouri and Racism Without Racists

A year ago I read a book by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva called Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America.  This was assigned reading in a … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

A Reading List from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention posted a reading list on their Facebook page today.  It’s called Books for Survivors.  Here are some of the books: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Ferguson Syllabus: A Reading List on Racial Injustice

I noticed that a group called Sociologists for Justice has formed in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Their website says: We are an independent collective of sociologists … Continue reading

August 23, 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