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.

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

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

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 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