nell bernstein

mellowhygh  asked:

Hi! I work at a used bookstore and your "black lives matter" shelf inspired me to try to put together one at my store. Can you recommend some authors I should keep an eye out for while putting together this selection?

Here’s a BuzzFeed list we made that has a lot of great options: http://powells.us/1A6TmuO. And here’s a list of what we have on our display!

·         Beloved, Toni Morrison (9780452261365)

·         Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson (9780399252518)

·         The Color Purple, Alice Walker (9780156028356)

·         Citizen, Claudia Rankine (9781555976903) 

·         Monster, Walter Dean Myers (9780064407311)

·         The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander (9781595586438)

·         Open City, Teju Cole (9780812980097)

·         The Residue Years, Mitchell Jackson (9781620400296)

·         Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor (9780140384512)

·         White Girls, Hilton Als (9781940450254)

·         Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Charles M. Blow (9780544228047)

·         Burning Down The House, Nell Bernstein (9781595589569)

·         Black Boy, Richard Wright (9780060929787)

·         Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin (9780807064313)

·         One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia (9780060760908)

·         Kindred, Octavia Butler (9780807083697)

·         I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (9780345514400)

·         A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry (9780679755333)

·         Prelude to Bruise, Saeed Jones (9781566893749)

·         Cane, Jean Toomer (9780871401519)

·         Motion of Light in Water, Samuel Delaney (9780816645244)

·         The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson (9780679763888)

·         The Color of Water, James McBride (9781594481925)

·         Known World, Edward P. Jones (9780060557553)

·         Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat (9780375705045)

·         Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (9780060931414)

·         12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northrup (1110000139449-EBM)

·         Push, Sapphire (9780679766759)

·         John Henry Days, Colson Whitehead (9780385498203)

·         The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow (9781616200152)

·         Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Z.Z. Packer (9781573223782)

·         Hip Hop Family Tree, Ed Piskor (9781606996904)

·         I, Too, Am America, Langston Hughes (9781442420083)

·         Your Face in Mine, Jess Row (9781594488344)

·         Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (9780679732761)

·         The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore (9780385528207)

·         Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (9780307455925)

·         Race Matters, Cornel West (9780679749868)

·         Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A. Blackmon (9780385722704)

·         A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines  (9780375702709)

Journalist Nell Bernstein’s new book Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison takes an in-depth look at juvenile incarceration.  The journalist has spent years covering the juvenile justice system, and has interviewed hundreds of young people in detention facilities. One of the many problems in the facilities is the therapeutic treatment that’s available to the prisoners. Bernstein explains:

“There is a movement towards treatment inside juvenile facilities and I sat in on some of these groups, these therapeutic modalities… and what the kids would tell me was, ‘I’m supposed to open my heart in group and put my deepest traumas on the table, but the guy leading the group has the key to my cell.’ So right there you have a conundrum.

A few kids told me that although they were told that group was a "safe place” if they didn’t tell their story, or if they told it in a way that didn’t match their file they would get a write up for not taking responsibility for their actions or not participating in the program and that could, in fact, delay their release date.

I went in with a positive idea about treatment-oriented facilities, but I came out thinking that it’s just paradoxical. You can’t have a therapeutic interaction with a guy who has the key to your cell.“