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Most recent staff pick: Prison by Another Name by Maya Schenwar & Victoria Law

"This well-written, thoroughly-researched book presents the argument that popular prison “reforms” are simply expansions of the prison industrial complex and do not ultimately make us any safer. In fact, for the most part, these alternatives reinforce existing narratives of criminality, personal responsibility, racism, and disdain for the impoverished. They convincingly show that often these solutions cause more harm than rehabilitation, layering on penalties for poverty and systemic obstacles. Ultimately, the adoption of these alternatives expands the net of incarceration, with a narrow, unimaginative focus on control and confinement over true justice and holistic healing. The book is rife with compelling examples. People are left with limited choices, no support, basic needs unmet, and significant stigma, then expected to rebuild their lives or maintain a functioning position in society. This paradigm is broken and unfair. In the final chapter, Schenwar and Law offer a broader vision for moving beyond alternatives, championing community-based interventions and a societal shift from being punishment-oriented to being liberation- and healing-oriented. This book is worth your time. Michelle Alexander wrote the foreword and Angela Davis endorsed it, so if you don’t take it from me, take it from them."

 

 

 

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Augustown: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101974094
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2018

"The best way I can describe this novel is fable-like. Miller's writing is captivating and atmospheric. As a reader, you feel wrapped up in the town's stories and the outcome of a single impulsive action. One of my favorite fiction reads to date!"


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Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316491556
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 7th, 2020

"In this remarkably powerful book written with clarity and honesty, Lacy Crawford recounts her sexual assault while at a prestigious New England boarding school and the dramatic ensuing efforts by the administration to silence her. This memoir is gripping and important. I was floored by her candor and perspicuity."


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How the Post Office Created America: A History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205002
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Published: Penguin Press - June 28th, 2016

"Fascinating history and a well-argued premise, this book is a winner, especially in the current climate. Gallagher presents a thorough and readable account of the post office, starting even before the Declaration of Independence. And curve-ball: there are daredevil characters reaching out of moving trains and flying the earliest airplanes!"


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

This book will leave you with your heart in your throat, tears in your eyes, and hope in spite of it all. It’s poignant, affecting, devastating, extraordinary, masterful. I struggle to outright recommend it because it’s such a unique and powerful book, but it will likely not be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, it remains one of the most moving and memorable books I have ever read.""


Underwater: How Our American Dream of Homeownership Became a Nightmare Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250241801
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 14th, 2020

"A fascinating look at the 2008 crash / housing crisis as delivered by Ryan Dezember who was both reporting on real estate for the Press-Register and experiencing the rollercoaster first-hand as a homeowner on the Gulf Coast. Interspersing a well-researched report with personal anecdotes, Dezember paints a thorough picture of both the speculation frenzy and the devastation of the crash on Average Joe homeowners. This book was well-written and well-research, terrifying, and wild."


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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250134769
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 14th, 2020

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Against the Loveless World: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137038
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Published: Atria Books - August 25th, 2020

"This book is remarkable. Author Susan Abulhawa weaves an engaging story complete with complex characters and gorgeous language. The story follows Nahr, a fiery and determined Palestinian refugee, as she navigates a world that regularly devalues and displaces her kin. Her relationships are intricately woven and believable. The descriptions of Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine are detailed and immersive. The prose is written with a deep resonance that leaves you feeling both filled and emptied all at once. It's just so good. I urge you to read it!"


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Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620973103
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Published: New Press - July 21st, 2020

"This well-written, thoroughly-researched book presents the argument that popular prison “reforms” are simply expansions of the prison industrial complex and do not ultimately make us any safer. In fact, for the most part, these alternatives reinforce existing narratives of criminality, personal responsibility, racism, and disdain for the impoverished. They convincingly show that often these solutions cause more harm than rehabilitation, layering on penalties for poverty and systemic obstacles. Ultimately, the adoption of these alternatives expands the net of incarceration, with a narrow, unimaginative focus on control and confinement over true justice and holistic healing. The book is rife with compelling examples. People are left with limited choices, no support, basic needs unmet, and significant stigma, then expected to rebuild their lives or maintain a functioning position in society. This paradigm is broken and unfair. In the final chapter, Schenwar and Law offer a broader vision for moving beyond alternatives, championing community-based interventions and a societal shift from being punishment-oriented to being liberation- and healing-oriented. This book is worth your time. Michelle Alexander wrote the foreword and Angela Davis endorsed it, so if you don’t take it from me, take it from them."