Rumpus editors share their favorite fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books that deal with crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system.
Tags: Adam Sternbergh, Alex Gilvarry, All Things Violent, An American Marriage, Ann Quin, apology, Attica Locke, Berg, Bluebird Bluebird, crime, crime and punishment, Danez Smith, David McDuff, Don't Call Us Dead, Donna Tartt, edwidge danticat, Etheridge Knight, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Fuminori Nakamura, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Habeas Corpus, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Jennifer Pashley, Jill McDonough, Jon Pineda, Jung Yun, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Last Winter We Parted, Louise Erdrich, Michelle Alexander, Michelle McNamara, Mitchell Jackson, murder, Nikki Dolson, Nikolai Leskov, Poems from Prison, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, Shelter, Shovel Ready, Simone John, Sujata Massey, Susan Perabo, Tayari Jones, Testify, The Dew Breaker, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, The New Jim Crow, The Residue Years, The Round House, The Scamp, The Secret History, The Widows of Malabar Hill, What to Read When
Tags: Achy Obejas, Alice Walker, Anna March, audre lorde, bell hooks, Camille Rankine, celeste ng, cherrie moraga, Chiwan Choi, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, Coal, Cornelius Eady, Cristina Henriquez, Dee Brown, everything i never told you, Frederick Douglass, Gathering of My Name, Gyanendra Pandey, Harriet Jacobs, Head Off and Split, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Ida Wells-Barnett, Isabel Wilkerson, James Baldwin, Jane H. Hill, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Julia Alvarez, Leon Dash, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Martin and Meditations on the South Valley, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michelle Alexander, Nadine Naber, Nia King, Nikki Finney, Possessing the Secret of Joy, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Richard Powers, Seth Holmes, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Slow Dance With Trip Wire, Somebody’s Daughter, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamara Winfrey-Harris, The Book of Unknown Americans, The Flood, The New Jim Crow, The Story of My Teeth, The Time of Our Singing, Toi Derricotte, Uriel Quesada, Valeria Luiselli, Vine Deloria, What the Body Remembers
At the New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh discusses a new provocative book about current racial tensions in the US. The book, Black Silent Majority by Michael Javen Fortner, aims to complicate the idea that black people are disproportionately affected by police violence and incarceration (notably addressed by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow) by talking about the […]
Novelist LaShonda Katrice Barnett discusses her debut novel,
Jam on the Vine, how becoming a historian taught her about plot, Muslims living in Texas in the 19th century, and the Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.” ...more
Tags: 1925 World's Fair, activism, African-American history, alex dueben, American Studies, art deco, black press, Charlotta Bass, College of William and Mary, Exchanging our Country Marks, ferguson, gay rights, God’s Follies, Henry Fonda, Ida B Wells, jim crow, Kansas City, L’Echange, lesbians, LGBT, Michael Gomez, Michelle Alexander, newspapers, prison system, prisoner rights, Racism, Red Summer, research, selma, sharecropping, The Kansas City Call, The Klansman, The New Jim Crow, W.E.B. DuBois, Will Brown, Women’s History