Janet Ingraham Dwyer

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Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing

This book will have particular interest for libraries in the Sunbelt, but it’s not just about Florida: full-time minimum wage workers can barely afford rent anywhere in the nation. Ross calls to end market-driven housing and empower residents to make reform; for dwellers and policy-makers, reading this book may be a first step toward that empowerment.

Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

The definitive story of an American tragedy and a notable cautionary tale of climate change, corporate negligence, and insufficient planning. Highly recommended.
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The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion

This juicy cautionary tale, which complements the 2021 documentary WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn, will appeal to fans of high drama in business and commerce.

To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood

Brown’s reporting on a variety of such initiatives tempers the gut-punch of stories documenting the ubiquity and ugliness of sexual harassment and the harm of sexual violence to people of all genders. A groundbreaking exploration with clear recommendations on how to better raise and support boys.

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

A worthy companion to the lauded Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, this is essential reading for all who care about justice in contemporary America.
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The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America

Empathetic, candid, and curious, Zoellner has built an eclectic, eloquent guide to the social and physical landscapes of America.

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This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

The commitment, tenacity, and empathy of the users, activists, and advocates Shuler meets is a stark corrective to the disdain and dehumanization typical of policy and practice in this area. The title forcefully claims this story for Ohio, a statistical center, but addiction reaches all places, and this book is strongly recommended for readers anywhere who are interested in systemic change and the power of the grassroots. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/20.]

Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College

Hobbs arranges dozens of vignettes of these boys and their friends, foregrounding their experiences and centering their voice in a beautifully rendered group portrait of adolescents and of adolescence itself.

Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America

Menkedick uses her platform to seek justice in raising awareness of the complexity and depth of motherhood along with perinatal mental health disorders, and reclaiming motherhood as a powerful state. Her compelling book deserves a wide audience, from cheering mothers to chastened experts.
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