Becoming Ms  Burton Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Becoming Ms Burton

  • Author : Susan Burton
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620974391

Becoming Ms Burton Excerpt :

Winner of the 2018 National Council on Crime & Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Awards Winner of the 2017 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice “Valuable . . . [like Michelle] Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.” —Los Angeles Review of Books “Susan Burton is a national treasure . . . her life story is testimony to the human capacity for resilience and recovery . . . [Becoming Ms. Burton is] a stunning memoir.” —Nicholas Kristof, in The New York Times Winner of the prestigious NAACP Image Award, a uniquely American story of trauma, incarceration, and “the breathtaking resilience of the human spirit” (Michelle Alexander) Widely hailed as a stunning memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton is the remarkable life story of the renowned activist Susan Burton. In this “stirring and moving tour-de-force” (John Legend), Susan Burton movingly recounts her own journey through the criminal justice system and her transformation into a life of advocacy. After a childhood of immense pain, poverty, and abuse in Los Angeles, the tragic loss of her son led her into addiction, which in turn led to arrests and incarceration. During the War on Drugs, Burton was arrested and would cycle in and out of prison for more than fifteen years. When, by chance, she finally received treatment, her political awakening began and she became a powerful advocate for “a more humane justice system guided by compassion and dignity” (Booklist, starred review). Her award-winning organization, A New Way of Life, has transformed the lives of more than one thousand formerly incarcerated women and is an international model for a less punitive and more effective approach to rehabilitation and reentry. Winner of an NAACP Image Award and named a “Best Book of 2017” by the Chicago Public Library, here is an unforgettable book about “the breathtaking resilience of the human spirit” (Michelle Alexander).

Intersectionality of Race  Ethnicity  Class  and Gender in Teaching and Teacher Education Book

Intersectionality of Race Ethnicity Class and Gender in Teaching and Teacher Education

  • Author : Norvella P. Carter
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-04-16
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004365209

Intersectionality of Race Ethnicity Class and Gender in Teaching and Teacher Education Excerpt :

Intersectionality of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Teaching and Teacher Education brings together scholarship that employs an intersectionality methodology to actual conditions that affect school-age children, teachers and teacher educators in relation to institutional systems of power and privilege.

Prison Life Writing Book

Prison Life Writing

  • Author : Simon Rolston
  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-30
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771125185

Prison Life Writing Excerpt :

Prison Life Writing is the first full-length study of one of the most controversial genres in American literature. By exploring the complicated relationship between life writing and institutional power, this book reveals the overlooked aesthetic innovations of incarcerated people and the surprising literary roots of the U.S. prison system. Simon Rolston observes that the autobiographical work of incarcerated people is based on a conversion narrative, a story arc that underpins the concept of prison rehabilitation and that sometimes serves the interests of the prison system, rather than those on the inside. Yet many imprisoned people rework the conversion narrative the way they repurpose other objects in prison. Like a radio motor retooled into a tattoo gun, the conversion narrative has been redefined by some authors for subversive purposes, including questioning the ostensible emancipatory role of prison writing, critiquing white supremacy, and broadly reimagining autobiographical discourse. An interdisciplinary work that brings life writing scholarship into conversation with prison studies and law and literature studies, Prison Life Writing theorizes how life writing works in prison, explains literature’s complicated entanglements with institutional power, and demonstrates the political and aesthetic innovations of one of America’s most fascinating literary genres.

Entry Lessons Book

Entry Lessons

  • Author : Jorja Leap
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2022-04-26
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807022870

Entry Lessons Excerpt :

“A call to action … A reminder of the beautiful resilience of formerly incarcerated women and a celebration of all that they have to offer.” —Susan Burton, author of Becoming Ms. Burton and founder of A New Way of Life Urgent and empathetic, Entry Lessons is one of the first examinations of the lasting impact of incarceration on women and their families Recent reports show that women make up the fastest-growing population within the United States’ criminal justice system. And yet, despite necessary conversations about incarceration and prison abolition, their stories of abuse, neglect, poverty, and family separation often go untold. Now, through immersive storytelling and expert analysis of women’s lives after prison, anthropologist Jorja Leap explores their journeys into, through, and beyond the jail cell. In these pages, you’ll meet women like: –Ivy and Janet, accused of murder, whose intertwined stories of childhood harm, domestic abuse, and gang violence unfold throughout the book –Denise, who confronts the lasting impact of her childhood sexual trauma as she struggles with relationships and the realities of homelessness –Rosa, a survivor of sex trafficking whose relationship with her mother—her trafficker—is fraught with conflicting feelings she works to resolve –Carmen, whose search for love ultimately endangers not just her life but also the lives of her children –Clara, who survived placement in the child welfare system only to experience having her own children sent to foster care –Angela and Ronnie, two women navigating the complexities of sexuality and queerness in and out of prison Leap chisels away at superficial narratives to unearth pasts rife with struggle and oppression. She reveals the sharp edges of reentry and the wounds suffered by these women and their families, exposing a cycle of trauma that powers the revolving door of reentry and reincarceration. And, still, Entry Lessons is a book of hope just as much as it is

A Little Piece of Light Book
Score: 2.5
From 3 Ratings

A Little Piece of Light

  • Author : Donna Hylton
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316559218

A Little Piece of Light Excerpt :

Random Family meets Orange Is the New Black in A Little Piece of Light, a memoir of survival, redemption, hope, and sisterhood from a bold new voice on the front lines of the criminal justice reform movement. Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, Donna Hylton's early life was a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling alone and convinced of her worthlessness. In 1986, she took part in a horrific act and was sentenced to 25 years to life for kidnapping and second-degree murder. It seemed that Donna had reached the end--at age 19, due to her own mistakes and bad choices, her life was over. A Little Piece of Light tells the heartfelt, often harrowing tale of Donna's journey back to life as she faced the truth about the crime that locked her away for 27 years...and celebrated the family she found inside prison that ultimately saved her. Behind the bars of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, alongside this generation's most infamous criminals, Donna learned to fight, then thrive. For the first time in her life, she realized she was not alone in the abuse and misogyny she experienced--and she was also not alone in fighting back. Since her release in 2012, Donna has emerged as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and women's rights who speaks to politicians, violent abusers, prison officials, victims, and students to tell her story. But it's not her story alone, she is quick to say. She also represents the stories of thousands of women who have been unable to speak for themselves, until now.

Ties That Bind Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

Ties That Bind

  • Author : Sarah Schulman
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781595585349

Ties That Bind Excerpt :

Although acceptance of difference is on the rise in America, it’s the rare gay or lesbian person who has not been demeaned because of his or her sexual orientation, and this experience usually starts at home, among family members. Whether they are excluded from family love and approval, expected to accept second-class status for life, ignored by mainstream arts and entertainment, or abandoned when intervention would make all the difference, gay people are routinely subjected to forms of psychological and physical abuse unknown to many straight Americans. “Familial homophobia,” as prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman calls it, is a phenomenon that until now has not had a name but that is very much a part of life for the LGBT community. In the same way that Susan Brownmiller’s Against Our Will transformed our understanding of rape by moving the stigma from the victim to the perpetrator, Schulman’s Ties That Bind calls on us to recognize familial homophobia. She invites us to understand it not as a personal problem but a widespread cultural crisis. She challenges us to take up our responsibilities to intervene without violating families, community, and the state. With devastating examples, Schulman clarifies how abusive treatment of homosexuals at home enables abusive treatment of homosexuals in other relationships as well as in society at large. Ambitious, original, and deeply important, Schulman’s book draws on her own experiences, her research, and her activism to probe this complex issue—still very much with us at the start of the twenty-first century—and to articulate a vision for a more accepting world.

Decarcerating America Book

Decarcerating America

  • Author : Ernest Drucker
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620972793

Decarcerating America Excerpt :

“A powerful call for reform.” —NPR An all-star team of criminal justice experts present timely, innovative, and humane ways to end mass incarceration Mass incarceration will end—there is an emerging consensus that we’ve been locking up too many people for too long. But with more than 2.2 million Americans behind bars right now, how do we go about bringing people home? Decarcerating America collects some of the leading thinkers in the criminal justice reform movement to strategize about how to cure America of its epidemic of mass punishment. With sections on front-end approaches, as well as improving prison conditions and re-entry, the book includes pieces by leaders across the criminal justice reform movement: Danielle Sered of Common Justice describes successful programs for youth with violent offenses; Robin Steinberg of the Bronx Defenders argues for more resources for defense attorneys to diminish plea bargains; Kathy Boudin suggests changes to the parole model; Jeannie Little offers an alternative for mental health and drug addiction issues; and Eric Lotke offers models of new industries to replace the prison economy. Editor Ernest Drucker applies the tools of epidemiology to help us cure what he calls "a plague of prisons." Decarcerating America will be an indispensable roadmap as the movement to challenge incarceration in America gains critical mass—it shows us how to get people out of prisons, and the more appropriate responses to crime. The ideas presented in this volume are what we are fighting for when we fight against the New Jim Crow.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Book
Score: 4
From 35 Ratings

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

  • Author : Virginia Lee Burton
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2010-06-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547350578

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Excerpt :

A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Becoming a Mathematician Book

Becoming a Mathematician

  • Author : Leigh N Wood
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-02-15
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN 10 : 9789400729834

Becoming a Mathematician Excerpt :

This book considers the views of participants in the process of becoming a mathematician, that is, the students and the graduates. This book investigates the people who carry out mathematics rather than the topics of mathematics. Learning is about change in a person, the development of an identity and ways of interacting with the world. It investigates more generally the development of mathematical scientists for a variety of workplaces, and includes the experiences of those who were not successful in the transition to the workplace as mathematicians. The research presented is based on interviews, observations and surveys of students and graduates as they are finding their identity as a mathematician. The book contains material from the research carried out in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Canada and Brunei as well as Australia.

Empty Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings


  • Author : Susan Burton
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812982725

Empty Excerpt :

An editor at This American Life reveals the searing story of the secret binge-eating that dominated her adolescence and shapes her still. “Her tale of compulsion and healing is candid and powerful.”—People NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE For almost thirty years, Susan Burton hid her obsession with food and the secret life of compulsive eating and starving that dominated her adolescence. This is the relentlessly honest, fiercely intelligent story of living with both anorexia and binge-eating disorder, moving past her shame, and learning to tell her secret. When Burton was thirteen, her stable life in suburban Michigan was turned upside down by her parents’ abrupt divorce, and she moved to Colorado with her mother and sister. She seized on this move west as an adventure and an opportunity to reinvent herself from middle-school nerd to popular teenage girl. But in the fallout from her parents’ breakup, an inherited fixation on thinness went from “peculiarity to pathology.” Susan entered into a painful cycle of anorexia and binge eating that formed a subterranean layer to her sunny life. She went from success to success—she went to Yale, scored a dream job at a magazine right out of college, and married her college boyfriend. But in college the compulsive eating got worse—she’d binge, swear it would be the last time, and then, hours later, do it again—and after she graduated she descended into anorexia, her attempt to “quit food.” Binge eating is more prevalent than anorexia or bulimia, but there is less research and little storytelling to help us understand it. In tart, soulful prose Susan Burton strikes a blow for the importance of this kind of narrative and tells an exhilarating story of longing, compulsion and hard-earned self-revelation.

Prison Truth Book

Prison Truth

  • Author : William J. Drummond
  • Publisher : University of California Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520298361

Prison Truth Excerpt :

San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest prison and the nation’s largest, is notorious for once holding America’s most dangerous prisoners. But in 2008, the Bastille-by-the-Bay became a beacon for rehabilitation through the prisoner-run newspaper the San Quentin News. Prison Truth tells the story of how prisoners, many serving life terms, transformed the prison climate from what Johnny Cash called a living hell to an environment that fostered positive change in inmates’ lives. Award-winning journalist William J. Drummond takes us behind bars, introducing us to Arnulfo García, the visionary prisoner who led the revival of the newspaper. Drummond describes how the San Quentin News, after a twenty-year shutdown, was recalled to life under an enlightened warden and the small group of local retired newspaper veterans serving as advisers, which Drummond joined in 2012. Sharing how officials cautiously and often unwittingly allowed the newspaper to tell the stories of the incarcerated, Prison Truth illustrates the power of prison media to humanize the experiences of people inside penitentiary walls and to forge alliances with social justice networks seeking reform.

The New Jim Crow Book
Score: 4.5
From 52 Ratings

The New Jim Crow

  • Author : Michelle Alexander
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-07
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 434
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620971949

The New Jim Crow Excerpt :

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly‚ Slate‚ Chronicle of Higher Eduction‚ Literary Hub, Book Riot‚ and Zora A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller—“one of the most influential books of the past 20 years,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education—with a new preface by the author “It is in no small part thanks to Alexander’s account that civil rights organizations such as Black Lives Matter have focused so much of their energy on the criminal justice system.” —Adam Shatz, London Review of Books Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.” Now, ten years after it was first published, The New Press is proud to issue a tenth-anniversary edition with a new preface by Michelle Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform movement today.

Everyday Desistance Book

Everyday Desistance

  • Author : Laura S. Abrams
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-05-31
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813574493

Everyday Desistance Excerpt :

In Everyday Desistance, Laura Abrams and Diane J. Terry examine the lives of young people who spent considerable time in and out of correctional institutions as adolescents. These formerly incarcerated youth often struggle with the onset of adult responsibilities at a much earlier age than their more privileged counterparts. In the context of urban Los Angeles, with a large-scale gang culture and diminished employment prospects, further involvement in crime appears almost inevitable. Yet, as Abrams and Terry point out, these formerly imprisoned youth are often quite resilient and can be successful at creating lives for themselves after months or even years of living in institutions run by the juvenile justice system. This book narrates the day-to-day experiences of these young men and women, focusing on their attempts to surmount the challenges of adulthood, resisting a return to criminal activity, and formulating long-term goals for a secure adult future.

Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations Book

Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations

  • Author : James D. Ward
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-04-21
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351806190

Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations Excerpt :

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Acknowledgments -- About the Contributors -- List of Figures and Tables -- 1 Introduction: Beyond Reform-Leadership, Change, and the Role of Innovation -- PART I Ecology of Public Sector Innovation and Performance Literature -- 2 Reinventing and Redesigning Local Government -- 3 Innovation and Organizational Survival Research -- PART II Governance and New Frontiers in Public Policy -- 4 Cooperative/Collaborative Governance in a Networked Age -- 5 Chaos Theory, Disaster Policy, and Response: Achieving the New Normal -- PART III Leadership and Change in Governing Systems -- 6 Public Sector Compensation-School District Superintendents: Are We Getting Our Monies' Worth? -- 7 Implementing an Innovative Dream of Change: Lessons From Houston Community Colleges -- 8 Citizen Advisory Bodies: New Wine in Old Bottles? -- 9 Local Government Reform, Convergence, and the Hybrid Model -- PART IV Social Justice and Equality -- 10 Support for Gender Equality Duty Strategies Among Local Government Officials in Texas -- 11 Can Innovative Leadership Improve Community and Police Relationships? Lessons Learned From Youngstown, Ohio -- 12 Choice Points as a Framework for Decision-Making -- 13 Conclusion: Scenarios and Common Themes in Leadership and Change -- Index

First Footsteps in East Africa Book

First Footsteps in East Africa

  • Author : Sir Richard Francis Burton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1856
  • Genre: Africa, Eastern
  • Pages : 712
  • ISBN 10 : BSB:BSB10466497

First Footsteps in East Africa Excerpt :