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Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

An intriguing exploration of alternative methods of justice for trauma survivors.

Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past

The authors and editors set some misinformation straight in this highly readable collection. Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries.

You’ve Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games To Control Us All

An expansive view of how gamification permeates modern culture that lacks a strong conclusion.

The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain

A must-read for anyone with chronic pain and those in the health professions.

Persians: The Age of the Great Kings

Recommended for readers with an interest in ancient Persian history and culture, Greek philosophy, and contemporary Iran.

The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain’s Most Terrifying Prison

A powerful depiction of race relations, international politics, and governmental neglect in the early years of the American republic.

Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast

The level of detail in this scrupulously researched tale makes for slow reading at times but it brings to light the contribution of these formidable women to the early history of Gulf Coast France, a contribution till now has largely swept under the carpet. A fascinating book for history lovers, not just academics.

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

Readers at every level, especially policy-makers and -implementers, might well embrace this work as a primer for moving past a harmful system and creating a reimagined ideology and infrastructure to humanely care for families and keep children safe. Roberts’s latest is necessary reading.

Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class

Written clearly and persuasively, with compassion and expertise, Canon’s work is an essential read, especially for those who interact with or are interested in policing, incarceration, and the justice system.

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