Understanding the Trump Voter - Strangers in Their Own Land, Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Arlie Russell Hochschild - Professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley Review: “ (Link for review in New Press)
Member review: I just finished this book, and personally, I found the book quite fascinating as the author examines the paradoxes in the lives of those who live in one of the most polluted places in the country. Why they are opposed to regulation as they lose their homes and lives due to lack of regulation. The appendix is excellent in that it provides that actual data around many of the statements the people interviewed state as facts.
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War Paperback
by Joe Bageant
The author grew up poor in Winchester, Virginia, but managed to leave there and enter the middle class. Winchester is a small town which like many other small towns has become part of the permanent underclass, but nevertheless helped Bush win the presidency. Bageant reports in the book what he learned by coming home and living in his former home town. The book is basically about class
differences and what Bageant views as an unacknowledged class war. Understanding the “Why Black Lives Matter” movement.
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson
From the NY Times Review “This book is an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism bequeathed by white anger and resentment, and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy.” She details the history of white oppression from reconstruction to the vitriolic hatred directed at Barack Obama.
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson
Dyson is a Baptist minister and the book is structured into a sermon format. It is a frank and searing discussion of race. I’ve been working slowly through this book, and it does evoke a lot of emotion. I have to put it down between sermons to think about what I have read. I highly recommend it.
Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
From the New York Times review: Inspired by James Baldwin’s 1963 classic “The Fire Next Time,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, "Between the World and Me,” is a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today. It takes the form of a letter from
Mr. Coates to his 14-year- old son, Samori, and speaks of the perils of living in a country where unarmed black men and boys — Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter L. Scott, Freddie Gray — are dying at the hands of police officers, an America where just last month nine black worshipers were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C., church by a young white man with apparent links to
white supremacist groups online Ta-Nehisi Coates also has a new book out We Were Eight Years in Power as well as several previous books and essays that are well worth reading.
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
by Tim Wise
This book has several editions, the most recent being published after President Obama was elected. It is a treatise on race in American and the central theme is the notion of white privilege. He uses his own life to show how he has been privileged by just being white. It certainly made me think about my own life in terms of white privilege.
Understanding Immigration: Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
by Avia Chomsky
This book provides a comprehensive history of our immigration system, including how it has intersected with strategies by American employers to reduce costs by driving down wages. Review by Publishers weekly Activist and Salem State University historian Chomsky (They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths About Immigration) addresses the history and practice of U.S. immigration law in this part polemical, part historical account. The fact that “there was no national immigration system or agency in the United States” until 1890 may surprise many readers; and that “[i]t’s illegal to cross the border without inspection and/or without approval from U.S. immigration authorities” sounds straightforward, but Chomsky reveals how “dizzying” and “irrational” it is in practice. She reviews the myriad legislation, such as the Immigration Acts of 1924, 1965, and 1990, as well as immigrants’ consequent entanglements and diverse experiences, ranging from the risks in getting into the U.S. to the perils of being there (including detentions, deportations, family separation, poor work conditions). Committed to the cause of the undocumented, and focused particularly on Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants, Chomsky reminds readers that, contrary to the freedom with which American citizens travel, for many, “freedom to travel is a distant dream.” Professional in her scholarship, Chomsky has written a book that will be relevant to those who do not share her position as well as to those who do. Disappointingly, the final chapter, “Solutions,” offers more of a review of how immigration became illegal than suggested solutions. (May) http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0- 8070-0167- 7
by Sonia Nazario
“We tend to think of the desperate migrants who risk death to make it into the United States as adults. In fact, thousands of children make the journey as well, only instead of seeking work, they come in search of the parents who left them behind.
The Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario humanizes these wayward children in "Enrique's Journey." This painstakingly researched book is not just the story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras whom Nazario first wrote about in a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series from which this book springs. It is
also an anthropology of the peripatetic youth bent on braving the obstacles that stand between their home villages and the North American cities where their mothers moved in search of jobs, money and the chance to better their family's lives back home. "Enrique's Journey" explores the unintended, and largely underreported, consequences of those choices.”