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Book Review :: A Little Piece of Light

This is really an amazing story. My review of Donna Hylton’s A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers. I am posting it here today with their permission. As a side note, this story is in development for as a film staring Rosario Dawson.

I was three years old, barefoot against the chilled concrete floor in the back of a pub on William Street in my birthplace of Port Antonio, Jamaica, surrounded by blue lagoons, white sand beaches, waterfalls, and caves.

A Little Piece of Light by Donna HyltonIn her emotionally startling memoir, activist Donna Hylton takes readers from humanity’s dark evils to its shining inspirations. And the two exist opposite where most people expect them to thrive.

The first half of Hylton’s story is heart breaking and difficult to consume. There is a complete lack of love and safety in her life: an unstable mother who sells Hylton as a young girl, adoptive parents who abuse her, people who violate her trust, raping her body and soul. The realization that such horrors can and do happen in the United States is alarming and unsettling. But A Little Piece of Light shines a brilliant beam directly on them.

As a result of her tumultuous youth, a nineteen-year-old Hylton winds up in the middle of a kidnapping that ends in murder. A jury convicts Hylton for her part in the crimes, and she’s sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. But behind the barbed wire fences and cinderblock walls of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Hylton finds the family she’s so desperately desired. Caring for a fellow inmate with HIV, creating a program to consul and educate prisoners about AIDS and participating in a domestic violence group, Hylton finds meaning in her life. While the compassion and kindness of those around her allow Hylton to blossom and realize her potential.

A Little Piece of Light is a big reminder of how people share much more in common than not. Even more importantly, it’s a beacon capable of leading others out of the darkness that Hylton endured.

 
A Little Piece of Light is available from Hachette Books in hardcover and ebook. It’s also available as an audiobook from Blackstone Audio, narrated by Donna Hylton.

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New Photo Friday :: Friendly Sports

This week I shot a Lake Erie Crushers semi-pro baseball game for the Morning Journal, and my picture for today’s New Photo Friday encapsulates why I enjoy spring/summer sports so much–aside from the sunshine and warm temperatures, of course. I’ve noticed that in spring sports, especially baseball and softball, everyone is so much more friendly. I started to get a bad taste in my mouth for winter sports because of the awful behavior of fans and players. There was so much nastiness toward opponents. But in spring sports, I saw much more camaraderie between players from opposing teams. They could compete against each other and still be civil, oftentimes even friends. I saw coaches congratulate players from opposing teams when they played well; I saw players support their opponents; I saw parents acknowledge when youngsters competing against their kids did well. That’s not to say I didn’t see anyone acting foolish and immature, just far less frequently. 

In this photo, the short stop got the baserunner out trying to steal, but they had a friendly little back and forth before they left the field. Each player was all smiles and it made me smile, so I love this picture that captured a bit of it. I took this with my Canon 5D Mark II and my Canon 300mm/2.8f lens (oh my God I love this lens for baseball and can’t wait to use it for football season!).

friendly sports

 

What have you been shooting this week?

Jennifer Forbus: football camp

New Photo Friday :: Football Camp

My new photo to share this week is from a football camp I shot for The Morning Journal this week. This camp was co-sponsored by the Cleveland Browns and the Lorain Titans for kids in 3rd-8th grades. I love having photography opportunities like this. It’s so much fun to see the enthusiasm of the kids. The high school players who were running drills worked incredibly with the younger kids. So the opportunity to shoot here is a bonanza–great emotion, action and fun. I was especially excited with this assignment because my pictures wound up on the front page of the paper on Wednesday. Here’s a picture I took with my Canon 5D Mark II, using my Tamron 70-200mm lens. The kids were working on diving into the end zone. 

Jennifer Forbus: football camp

 

So what have you been shooting this week?

White Fragility

Book Review :: White Fragility

My review of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers as a starred review. I’m posting it today with their permission. I wish this could be mandatory reading for Americans. Granted there are a lot of people who would get nothing out of it because they’ve already put up walls, but I think there are a great many people, like me, who can benefit from this amazing reading experience. I hope you’ll check it out.

The United States was founded on the principle that all people are created equal.

White FragilityThe author of the term “white fragility,” antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo, dissects the phrase and its cultural implications in her book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. DiAngelo explains that white fragility–or the defensive reactions of white people when they are challenged racially–is “triggered by discomfort and anxiety, it is born of superiority and entitlement.” 

Carefully breaking down many of the myths created by the white race such as color-blind claims, meritocracy and the belief that humans are objective beings, DiAngelo explains that racism is embedded in the culture. It isn’t just a black and white issue of explicit hate or violence. All people are now born into this institutionalized system of racism and have no say whether they will be affected by it. They are, however, responsible for owning their role. And for the white populations, this is unsettling; it disrupts the white equilibrium. To defend themselves from racist implications they react with anger, denial and withdrawal, instead of examining their behaviors and attempting to change them. This protective instinct shuts down the conversation and stops any advancement in race relations.

DiAngelo handles this potentially explosive topic with care and tact, even using examples of her own racist actions, but she is also forthcoming about its complexity and challenges. Efforts to make white people “comfortable” in the conversation only erect further barriers to change. White Fragility is a book everyone should be exposed to. With any luck, most who are will be inspired to search themselves and interrupt their contributions to racism.

White Fragility is available from Beacon Press in trade paperback and ebook. It’s also available as an audiobook from Dreamscape Media, narrated by Amy Landon.

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New Photo Friday: Rufus

New Photo Friday :: Rufus

As promised, I’m returning to my New Photo Friday posts. Today I’m sharing more than one. These are a few I took of Rufus when we were out on our hike yesterday–as you can see, he was playing in the river before I took them. Because of his color, Rufus often blends in during the fall or in areas with a lot of trees, so I tried to get spots with good vegetation to contrast with his color. I used my Canon Rebel 6ti with my 24-70mm f/2.8 USM lens.

As soon as I have a little block of time, I’m going to create a new gallery that will be called “On the Road with Rufus.”  It’ll be all our travels, whether close by or overnight trips out of town. He did a lot of traveling before he even came to live with me; he’s a pro. I’m fortunate to be able to take him with me so often. 

Enough yammering, here’s Rufus:

New Photo Friday: Rufus

New Photo Friday: Rufus

Op-ed

Op-Ed: Making a Good Argument

Op-edI‘ve decided to add an op-ed sort of post to my blog. It can be any variety of topics, but I’d also like it to be an area for constructive discussion about whatever the topic is. So be aware that negative, attacking, non-productive comments will not be allowed here. People are allowed to have a difference of opinion–provided it is opinion–and they are DEFINITELY allowed to offer facts to support what they present no matter if it supports my post or not. If there’s information out there on a topic I deem important enough to me to write about on my blog–and I haven’t seen it–I want to know it! I want to make educated choices, and I want to encourage others to do the same. As such, what’s acceptable is going to be the first topic I’m going to address.

I recently witnessed (on Facebook) a woman say to a friend, “I disagree with you. I hate [him].” Now she wasn’t disagreeing with the friend because the friend said she liked [him]. The friend said, “I agree with this,” about something the man had said and stated very well with support and provable fact. The friend again re-iterated, “I’m merely saying, I agree with what he said.” The friend never at any point expresses her personal opinion about the man, just what he said. So the woman responds with, “we’ll have to agree to disagree.” I’ll get to the “agree to disagree” point later. I just want to synthesize what has been said in this exchange: the friend agrees with the statement, that’s all we know. The first woman disagrees with the statement because she hates the man–or that’s all we can conclude because that’s the only justification she’s given for her disagreement.

So here are the issues I can see with the situation. First, if the woman disagrees with the man simply on the grounds that she hates him–regardless of how she knows him–that’s unjustifiable. Will people not listen to others because they dislike them? Of course. We might be able to chalk that up to human nature. Does that justify it or make the speaker wrong? Nope. And it also contributes to that echo chamber we’re hearing so much about these days.

Second, if the woman disagrees with things the man has said, that should be expressed and supported. If you say the sky is blue and I say, “I disagree with that,” I need to have justification for it. And “I hate the sky, therefore it’s not blue” is not justification.

Finally, from what I can surmise, the woman was “agreeing to disagree” with her friend about two different things. The woman said she hated the man making the statement. The friend said she liked what the man said. Those are two different things. So again, the woman is equating hating the man to disagreeing with his statement–if she’s agreeing to disagree.

Ultimately, the reason I’m using this example is that it epitomizes so much of the problem I see in communication breakdown and what I would love to work on improving here, at least among the people who want to discuss. Maybe it’s the English teacher in me wanting people to be clear in their debating skills, I don’t know. But I will point to this post if in the future I refuse to post a comment because it’s lacking in any of these things. So,

1.) Be careful of allowing emotion to put blinders on you. We all have emotions and there are topics we’re more passionate about than others.  That’s not a bad thing. The passion in people is what’s made change happen throughout history. But when you discount people and facts and evidence because you’ve put on those emotional blinders, you do yourself a grave disservice. And those blinders, among other things, are what have impeded great change throughout history. It’s a great exercise to read something written or listen to something spoken by someone with an opposing viewpoint. You may well be able to counter what they’ve said/spoken, but it might also give you something to think about.

2.) Think about what you’re saying. In the age of social media, the instinct is to instantly react, which can lead to aggressive conflict instead of productive communication. Did the woman have legitimate reason to disagree with the man’s statement? We can’t know. What she said was she hated him so she disagreed with him. That’s not a legitimate reason to denounce his statement, but maybe one exists. 

3.) Be clear in what you’re saying. Sometimes what we want to say is completely clear in our own head, but if someone calls us on something because they’ve misunderstood what we were trying to present, chances are good they aren’t the only one who would have misunderstood. So clarify further. When things are in written communication alone much is lost from no body language or vocal inflections, so your wording needs to be careful. And take the opportunity to ensure people understand your true meaning. If your response is “F-you, you have no right to hold me accountable for what I say publicly,” you probably aren’t going to convince too many people of your point of view and maybe you need to not say anything at all. Because that’s not productive. 

4.) Support what you’re saying. A lot of people like to use an anecdote to support their position. And that’s excellent if you’re using an anecdote to supplement what the data shows. Stories make the situation more personal and relatable. But if you’re saying, “Well, in this one instance…,” that’s not adequate support. We can find a handful of instances for almost ANY scenario, but when the data and evidence show there are hundreds of thousands of instances supporting the opposite argument, one or two contrary ones are meaningless. 

5.) If you’re going to say it publicly be open to challenge. Use it as an opportunity to strengthen your argument or learn something new.  Social media is, well, social. So if you only want to talk to a single person who agrees with you, email them or better yet, talk to them in person–make a lunch date or schedule a Facetime call. But on social media (which includes this blog), the reaction, “you aren’t allowed to talk to me because I wasn’t talking to you” isn’t appropriate, and it makes you sound childish. Don’t automatically take a challenge as an attack on your person. And on the flip side, don’t attack the person if you’re offering an argument to their point. Address the content of the statement or opinion. Also being careful with profanity and the use of things like all caps (which indicates yelling–many people seem to forget that) is a good practice. Using aggressive language will most likely result in that same behavior coming back to you.

6.) Finally, please know the difference between fact and opinion. I like the statement, “you have the right to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” Saying “we’ll have to agree to disagree” because you refuse to acknowledge facts makes your argument sink. If I say, “butter pecan is the best ice cream” and you say, “mint chocolate chip is best” we can agree to disagree. We cannot agree to disagree about the fact that there were over 10,000 gun homicides in the US alone in 2016.  We’ll throw around facts and opinions here, so be sure you’re identifying the difference. The first person to try the “alternate facts” argument gets banned! 😉

O.k. so that’s going to be the op-ed standard here. I’m fairly certain my first post is going to be something pet related. As a pet parent, there’s just always so much I’m debating. How is that even possible? Anyway, if you have any thoughts about anything that should be added here. Please let me know. If you made it to the end of this, kudos, you’re a trooper.

 

 

Us Against You

Book Review Monday :: Us Against You

My review of Us Against You by Fredrik Backman first appeared in Shelf Awareness for the Professional Trade (so it’s a little longer than most of my Shelf reviews). It was then a starred review in the Readers edition. I’m posting it today with their permission. 

First line: “Have you ever seen a town fall?”

Us Against YouWith each new book, Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called OveBritt-Marie Was Here and Beartown, manages to raise the stakes of exceptionalism. Through Backman’s astute examination of humanity, Us Against You will elicit snickers and full-blown belly laughs. It will rip out hearts, then replace them stronger than before. Most of all, it is sure to prompt readers to examine their lives in order to be better people, if only in microscopic ways.

The depth of this sequel to Beartown seems endless, encouraging several readings. Just one is insufficient to luxuriate in Backman’s splendid style and still catch the multitude of wise gems nestled into this dynamic novel masking itself as an enchanting tale of a hockey team and its community. 

Backman’s omniscient narrator, a resident of Beartown, explains a major theme: “The truth about most people is as simple as it is unbearable: we rarely want what is best for everyone. We mostly want what’s best for ourselves.” Through a series of events involving a range of believably flawed characters and a struggling hockey team, this theme is reinforced repeatedly.

Peter, the club’s general manager, was forced to make an unimaginable decision at the conclusion of Beartown. The fallout from that decision opens Us Against You: the town’s hockey program is dangerously close to bankruptcy; its demise appears inevitable. That is, until an anonymous new sponsor offers to save the team–with certain stipulations.

Ana, a teenager who lives with her father in Beartown, feels more comfortable in the forest than anywhere else. Her father’s alcoholism demands she assume the responsibilities of an adult long before any child should. And her best friend’s struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder require Ana’s empathy, support and love. She regularly gives of herself, but in a moment of weakness triggered by hurt and embarrassment, Ana makes a choice that throws the town into violent turmoil.  

Richard Theo is a politician who presents himself as an advocate for his constituents but is ultimately and deceitfully advancing his own agenda. He knows that “political elections are simple: when everything is going well, when people are happy, then the establishment wins. But when people are angry and arguing, people like Richard Theo win. Because for an outsider to win power requires a conflict. But if there’s no conflict? Then you have to create one.” Theo creates more than one.

Backman juggles these characters, as well as four teenage boys who battle to bring together the Beartown hockey A-team, and a gang of supporters who aren’t opposed to violence to get what they want. His balancing act is masterfully executed with empathy, humor and ingenuity, emphasized by the pitch-perfect portrait of a tired, crumbling small town. Fans of Backman will not be disappointed. His work continues to amaze and captivate, enlighten and thrill. Those unfamiliar with his novels need to pick them up posthaste; Us Against You is a perfect one to grab.

Us Against You is available in hardcover and ebook from Atria Books and audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio. And if you haven’t read Beartown, that’s now available in paperback.

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Reboot

First of all, I can’t believe it’s July already. And my last post was in February. Oh good gracious. In a slight bit of defense, I have made updates to that last post. I hope if you haven’t taken a look at the recommendations I offered, you will do so. I plan to update it as I find other books about those issues worth reading.  I think they will be very important in future elections.

In the meantime I’m trying to organize myself to give this blog a bit of a reboot. I’m planning to return to my new photo Fridays. So stop by and take a look at those. I’m sure there will be plenty of sports since I’m continuing to shoot about 3 games a week for the Morning Journal. But there has to be room at least for pet photos, too.   And I’m working on senior portraits for my niece, so you may see some of those as well.

I’m still reviewing regularly for Shelf Awareness, so I’m going to push myself to get those reviews up here, too. And probably throw in a few on audiobooks I’m listening to now and again. The goal for those will be Mondays–the first tomorrow. 

I’ll take the middles of the week as they come. I should start back off slow so as not to overdo and wind up going five months without a post again. 

O.k. so to wrap this post up, I just wanted to share a few things from around the web that I particularly like:

  1. I just finished reading Maeve Higgins’ book that’s coming out next month, Maeve in America. She’s now on my list of sheros. I think maybe we were besties in another life. Anyway, I love this opinion article she wrote about her dog. There’s been a lot of negative talk about emotional support animals–some of it warranted because stupid humans try to abuse it–but she talks about the calming effect her dog has on her. I can attest to the same thing. My Rufus is not certified as an emotional support dog, but he performs the role everyday for me. Anyway, check out Maeve’s article.  
  2. My amazing friend Rochelle Staab has been walking trails in and around Los Angeles for a couple of years. She has chronicled them to an extent on her Facebook account, but now she’s put together a blog to keep an archive of her experiences–Hiking Los Angeles. I was so fascinated by all the pop culture AND history throughout that area. Check out her blog when you have a chance. It’s a kick! 
  3. Of course if you’ve spent much time around here, you know Rufus and I look forward to our Labor Day vacation each year at Camp Unleashed. They were mentioned in this fun article, Three Camps for Adults You Can Enjoy With Your Dog. If you’re up for it, join Rufus and I this year!

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Beyond the Messy Truth

Positive Channeling

It’s been awhile since my last post and I apologize. Beside the craziness of work, photography, pets and general home demands, the insanity of our country has been weighing on me quite a bit lately. But I’ve decided I’d like to channel that in a positive way through the blog, among other places.

Reading and researching to educate myself has shaped my belief system into what it is today. There were times when my viewpoints on topics like abortion, immigration, the death penalty and safety net policies were vastly different. There were times when I didn’t feel as strongly about some of the issues as I do today. Arming myself with facts has changed the way I look at the world and my fellow humans in it; I believe for the better. So today I’m offering up a list of books that I think are great in our current political climate. I have fiction titles (with thought-provoking themes, and don’t forget reading fiction helps foster empathy), but this is mostly a non-fiction list divided into several different categories.

I hope you find this to be a helpful resource either for yourself or to pass along to others who might benefit from it. I will continue to add to it as I read and find others worth sharing. I’m linking to my review (if I covered it), the Goodreads page if you’d like to add it to your lists and where you can buy it if you’re so inclined. But your local library or bookstore can probably help you out as well.

2016 Election

Beyond the Messy TruthMy first category is simply books about the 2016 election. It stunned so many and there are a slew of books hitting the shelves now. These are ones I read that left me with great insights as to how we got to this point. All the Truth is Out isn’t about this election, but I do believe it was a turning point that ultimately brought us to where we are today. It’s definitely worth a read. 

Non-fiction
  • Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi (review | buy | Goodreads
  • Fever Swamp: A Journey Through the Strange Neverland of the 2016 Presidential Race by Richard North Patterson (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together by Van Jones (no review | buy | Goodreads)
Fiction

Income Inequality

The American Way of PovertyThe growing divide between the haves and the have nots is really integrated into all of the issues but these books look specifically at those who are struggling each day just to have enough to eat and a safe place to live. Of all the things happening in this country, this is what we should be most embarrassed about. These books face down the myths and stereotypes; it’s easy to pass judgment from ivory towers, it’s much more difficult to understand the realities. They are incredibly eye-opening:

Non-fiction
  • The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert Reich (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged American and the World by Jeff Madrick (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare by T.R. Reid (no review | buy | Goodreads)

Diversity

Balls: It Takes Some to Get SomeThis category is going to include books I’d recommend on gender, race, sexual orientation, any kind of diversity. If you can take anything away from the books below, I hope it’s a greater sense of empathy. I know I did. The list could be twice as long, but here are some of my favorites:

Non-fiction
  • Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some by Chris Edwards (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage by Phoebe Maltz Bovy (review | buy | Goodreads
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities by Jorja Leap (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That are Funny, Complicated and True by Gabrielle Union (no review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (review | buy | Goodreads
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (no review | buy | Goodreads)
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins (review coming | buy | Goodreads)
Fiction

General Issues

Lies, Inc.These books cover multiple issues well. All are alarming, but also hopeful. We can improve our country, but not in the way we are currently moving. The more people are educated on the facts (not alternate facts) the stronger we are and the more possible change becomes. I recommend all of these:

Non-fiction
  • Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America by Bob Herbert (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics by Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters for America (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline by Jonathan Tepperman (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World by Daniel Goleman (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe (review | buy | Goodreads

Guns

Another Day in the Death of AmericaMost people who know me, know what a hot-button topic this is. The extent of mis-information, misleading information and downright lies that propel the NRA and its supporters is abysmal. Ignoring or denying global trends and evidence is simply burying one’s head in the sand. And as a result, the number of needless deaths due to murder, suicide and accidents in this country remain unacceptable. We should be arming ourselves with the truth, not tools designed specifically and only for killing. The following share overwhelming information about guns and their realities, but you’ll also find content about guns in several of the titles in the General Issues category. Sadly this issue permeates so much of our society. 

Non-fiction
  • Bullets Into Bells ed. by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, Dean Rader (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey in the World of Firearms by Iain Overton (review | buy | Goodreads
  • Do Guns Make Us Free? by Firmin DeBrabander (review | buy | Goodreads)
Fiction

Criminal Justice Reform

Incarceration NationsSadly, there are so many problems with our system that’s supposed to provide justice to its citizens. Without question there is institutional racism and our penal system, which is supposed to rehabilitate criminals, is laughable. It’s only created a revolving door. Recidivism rates are out of control, and even when we say a person has served their time–they’re fit to re-enter society–we throw up every roadblock imaginable to allow them to do so. In addition, we seem to have lost track of the idea that if you treat people like animals, they will behave as such. Why is anyone surprised when that’s exactly what happens? Finally, the fact that we have an overwhelming need for the Innocence Project should scare us all. The following list offers some evidence of our broken system, and it also offers solutions if we’re open to learning: 

Non-fiction
  • Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.  (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World by Baz Dreisinger (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders by Chris Hoke (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted by Ian Millhiser (review | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington (review coming | buy | Goodreads)
  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin (no review | buy | Goodreads)
  • A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison and a Life Unbound by Donna Hylton and Kristine Gasbarre (review | buy | Goodreads)
Fiction

 

Stay tuned for updates!