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.

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

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

Charleston Syllabus

The following reading list is available on the website of the African American Intellectual History Society. Although it is not meant to be exhaustive, it should help all of us become … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

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