Sociological Ruminations

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

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

I noticed this reading list of books about race (“18 Books Every White Ally Should Read”) on the Define American Facebook page: (1) Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master

If not for a book that I read a few years ago called Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints, I don’t … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

“A New Day Dawns” by Nikky Finney

The following poem (“A New Day Dawns” by Nikky Finney) appeared on the front cover of a South Carolina newspaper and describes the removal of the confederate flag. It is the pearl blue … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 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

A Racial Inequality Reading List

I found the following reading list on Tim Wise’s website. Wise is an anti-racism activist, author, and speaker. General Race, Racism and Privilege Ani, Marimba. Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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