Sociological Ruminations

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

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

The New Instability

Today’s New York Times contains a wonderful article written by Stephanie Coontz who is a marriage and family scholar.  A little over a year ago, I enjoyed reading two of … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

A Sociological Summer Reading List

Just in case you’re looking for something to read this summer, I made a list of some of the books that will be discussed in the “Author Meets Critics” sessions at this … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment