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Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Lewis interweaves her own account of being a pregnant teen and her extensive research, to tie proposed solutions directly to facts. A complementary work is Melanie Watkins’s Taking My Medicine, although Watkins’s book is more memoir than research.

The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.

Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration

A compelling historical synthesis, told with style and moral clarity.

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew about Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.

Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology

While the personal experiences Zimmerman draws on are by no means universal, there is plenty here for any woman to relate to. Her wit and eloquence, as well as her understanding of these myths, make for persuasive and empowering reading that will have women embracing their inner monsters.


In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation

A poignant, beautifully told story of a young man wanting to help create a bridge between Palestinians and Israelis. Best suited for those interested in Jewish and Middle East studies and contemporary social history.

Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence

While the author compactly lays the groundwork for research on resistance movements, readers may long for more details of and resolutions for the interview subjects, as well as a broader international scope. Best suited for serious students of the nature of extremism in the modern world.


Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother

A compassionate history and personal account of a mother and her daughter that illustrates the sometimes complicated and distressing experiences shared by some autistic people and their families, and shows readers how far our understanding and awareness of autism has come over the years.


The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed

A fast-paced account of environmental justice and determination in the face of challenging odds, by the authors of Plundering Paradise. Recommended for readers with an interest in economics, politics, science, environmental conservation, international affairs, or sociology.

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