Sociology

Salvation on Sand Mountain

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Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306818363
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 1st, 2009

Despite his Alabama roots, Dennis Covington only knew about snake handling in a vague sense, until the New York Times asked him to cover a story about a snake handling death in the 1990s. Intrigued by the culture, Covington extended the project and wrote this book. This American subculture is filled with everything from quiet piety to sexual power play; cultish leaders to naive victims. In his thoughtful and elegant book, Covington offers few conclusions, but peels back a side of our country few people know about.

Matthew


The History of White People

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ISBN: 9780393339741
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011

A wide-ranging look at how whiteness has been defined throughout history, from the marble statues of ancient Greece and Rome (back in the day, they were colorful) to how "Caucasian" became part of the language (you can thank Ottoman harems for that).

Sarah


Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568585284
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Published: Nation Books - June 14th, 2016

Smith is writing about things that need to be written about, but aren't. This is a thoughtful and provocative counterpart to Ta Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, dealing not just with issues of how our society deals with young black men (Smith himself is only 29), but also how that oppression connects to the treatment of women, gays and transsexuals. I predict that you will be hearing a lot about this book.

 

David


The Coyote's Bicycle

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The Coyote's Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040201
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Published: Tin House Books - February 22nd, 2016

Taylor's narrative style parallels the movements of the book's central figure, El Indio: roaming the borderlands, looking for what's hidden in bushes, for openings in the fence, a method of trespass. Though there is a clear motivation to Taylor's search--to find out where all of the bicycles came from--he gives us scenes that skirt the center, letting us piece together the journey ourselves, which turns out to be a heartbreaking one.

Jamie

 


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