July 14th, 2019

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Books 2 through 11

(yeah, I'm way behind in my updates!)

2. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, by Elizabeth Hinton. This was certainly an eye-opening read. The question always comes up: why do our country's jails hold such a disproportionate percentage of people of color, particularly young black and Latino men? And why does America have the greatest percentage of its population behind bars? The answer — essentially, it was designed that way, going back decades. Unwittingly, at times, to be sure. But the history of our ill-fought wars made me ill to read this book at times. We seem to have a history of disregarding preventative measures — even when they are shown to have success — and use only the stick (or in this case, jail) to deal with problems and potential problems. Answers and solutions won't come easy, but reading this book would be a good starting point, at least to illustrate how things got to this point.

3. Zen Happiness, by Jon J. Muth. What's not to love about another book by Muth, featuring his signature panda Stillwater? The sweet and beautiful illustrations are accompanied by short words of wisdom and hope that made me smile. I may have to get my own copy.

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