It’s been a long week, and I wanted briefly to recommend the following books from my work bookshelf:
1.The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By, by Dan McAdams. Northwestern Psychology Professor McAdams makes the point that we orient our lives around stories and advances the ideas both that Americans tend to live stories of redemption and that lives can be evaluated through the concept of ‘generativity’-or, what they create. He peppers the work with examples from people he’s known and throughout history.
3. Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No To Iraq, by Peter Laufer. Prolific author Laufer profiles soldiers either who do not take their assignment or who come back from their tours and do not endorse the war.
Garb looks here at how homeownership played out in Chicago during the years after the Great Fire and the end of the First World War. Hint: poor people and people of color don’t do real well.
5. G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles, by Celeste Fremon. Journalist Fremon writes a very personal account of the priest who created Homeboy Industries, which brings together former sworn enemies and has them work together.