Staff Pick

Small is an anthropologist, but her revealing examination of the lives of the homeless is less an objective study of “them” than an effort to “open windows of clarity and compassion” and so enable people to work together to find solutions to a problem that affects and implicates everyone. Making the rounds of shelters, pawnshops, government services offices, and food pantries with Ross, a former homeless military vet she got to know in the eponymous dog park, Small sees first-hand the travails of “the human fallout of our economic system,” and comes to understand homelessness as not “an aberration” due to individual circumstances and decisions but the “product” of the way we—all of us—live today. 

 

The Man in the Dog Park: Coming Up Close to Homelessness Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781501748783
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Cornell University Press - April 15th, 2020

Staff Pick

After college, Jason Hardy finds himself selling watches at J.C. Penney’s. Totally unsuited for the job he decides to try his hand at being a Probation and Parole Officer in one of America’s toughest cities, New Orleans.  Coming on board just when criminal justice is taking a hard look at methods and trying to keep people out of prisons, Jason is confronted with helping people immersed in poverty, drug addiction, gangs and violence with very few resources.  An amazing look inside a part of the justice system that is rarely talked about and the benefits of “social supervision.”  

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982128593
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2020

Staff Pick

Ibram X. Kendi founded the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, whose stated mission “is to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.” Kendi’s new book, How to Be an Antiracist (One World, $27), is a continuation of both this project and his first book. While Stamped from the Beginning followed the lives of four historical individuals, Kendi here turns to autobiography to illustrate the unconscious pitfalls of racist thought, outlining a “how to” for gaining self-awareness of one’s own racist attitudes and thinking. Deploying history and political theory along with memoir, Kendi has devised a powerful tool for exploring the racism/antiracism dichotomy through multiple social dimensions, exposing the notion of a middle ground between them as an illusion. Whether you agree or disagree, Kendi’s ideas are bold and fresh, and sure to provoke discussion and self-reflection.

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Pages