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Recommended Books

Recommended Books is a collection of personal favorites of Boston College School of Social Work faculty and administrators. The list includes memoirs, history, and reflections on contemporary society. It is not a required reading list, but rather a list of books that you might enjoy reading. We welcome your comments at

Alexander, M. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,
    New York, NY: The New Press.

Banerjee, A. & Duflo, E. (2011). Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight
    Global Poverty, New York, NY: Public Affairs.

Boo, K. (2012). Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in Mumbai Undercity,
    New York, NY: Random House.

Dunsford, C. (2007). Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, a Son, and the Gene That Binds Them,
    Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Kehoe, N. (2009). Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to
    Wholeness, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pemberton, S. (2012). A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He
    Found a Place Called Home, Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Pipher, M. (1999). Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders, New York,
    NY: The Berkley Publishing Group.

Shapiro, R. (Ed.). (2012). The Real Problem Solvers: Social Entrepreneurs in America, Stanford, CA:     Stanford University Press.

Solomon, A. (2012). Far from the Tree, New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Stein, M. (2012). Make Your Voice Matter with Lawmakers: No Experience Needed, New York, NY:
    Another Look Publications.

Watters, E. (2010). Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, New York, NY: Free