Choose one of the books on this list. Read the book!  Please choose a book that you have not already read.  If the book has been made into a movie, you can watch it after you read. Talk to people about the book. Tell them what you like about it and what you do not like about it. Tell them about the parts that are related to Sociology.  Then write a review describing the book and sharing your opinions about it. If you watched a movie based on the book, don’t review the movie- we want to hear about the book!  But do include a paragraph comparing and contrasting the book to the movie.


    Approximately 3-5 pages typed and double spaced.


    Take notes on the problems or symptoms that develop while you read the

    book, and then write this review following this format. By reading your

    review the reader should see depth of understanding in your reading.


    1. Identify the book completely: author or editor, full title, publisher,

    and place and date of publication, fiction or nonfiction. (one line)


    2. Describe the subject and scope of the book. (paragraph overview)


    3. Give information about the author, focusing on his/her qualifications for

    writing this book.  Use in-text citation and reference your source. (one paragraph)


    4. Outline or summarize the main topic of your book. (one page minimum)


    5.  Assess the quality of the book in regard to its accuracy of sociological

    content.  You should reference sociological information from a reliable

    source.  Use in-text citation and include the source on the reference page.  (two or three paragraphs)


    6.  Identify similarities and differences to the movie.  If there is one… (one or two paragraphs)


    7. Proper APA-style is always required!  
    a.      Title Page
    b.     Running Head starting in the upper left corner
    c.      Page Numbers in the upper right corner
    d.     Abstract (summary of the whole paper w/a Key Word line) page 2
    e.      In-Text Citations throughout the paper
    f.        Reference page done in APA format citing the book, the web pages used, our text book, & the movie


    SOCIOLOGY READING LIST  (You are NOT to read a book from the English or History curriculum)



    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals - Hal Herzog

    Harry Caudill, The Cumberlands

    Napoleon A. Chagnon, Yanomano: The Fierce People

    Joan M. Chandler, Television and National Sport: The United States and Britain

    Jonathan S. Epstein, Adolescents and Their Music: If It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old

    Robert Frank, Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in the Age of Excess

    Joseph J. Fucini and Suzy Fucini, Working for the Japanese: Inside Mazda’s American  Auto Plant

    Herbert Gans, Popular Culture and High Culture

    Barry Glassner, The Culture of Fear

    Mark Gottdiener, Theming of America

    John P. Hewitt, Dilemmas of the American Self

    John Hostetler, The Hutterite Society

    Mamoru Iga, The Thorn in the Chrysanthemum: Suicide and Economic Success in Modern Japan

    E. Ann Kaplan, Rocking Around the Clock: Music Television, Postmodernism, and Consumer Culture

    Naomi Klein, No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs

    Emanuel Levy, And the Winner Is. . .The History ad Politics of the Oscar Awards

    Robert S. Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

    Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa

    Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media

    Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy

    Alissa Quart, Branded: The Buying and Selling of American Teenagers

    George Ritzer, The McDondaldization of Society

    George Ritzer, Enchanting A Disenchanted World

    Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

    Mike Tidwell, Bayou Farewell : The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast

    Eviatar Zerubavel, The Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week

    Vera L. Zolberg, Constructing a Sociology of the Arts

    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    Levitt & Dubner, Freakonomics

    Levitt & Dubner, Superfreakonomics

    Christopher Lasch, The Cultural of Narcissism

    Wiseman, Queen Bees & Wannabees

    Marvin Harris, The Sacred Cow & The Abominable Pig

    Mitch Album, Tuesday’s with Morrie

    Craig Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea…

    Paul Zindel, Pardon Me You’re Stepping On My Eyeball



    Elijah Anderson, Code of the Street

    Robert N. Bellah et al., Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

    Sherri Cavan, Liquor License: An Ethnography of Bar Behavior

    Lewis Coser and Rose Coser, Greedy Institutions

    Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

    Kai Erikson, Everything in Its Path

    Erving Goffman, Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

    Erving Goffman, Encounters: Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction

    Erving Goffman, Relations in Public

    Herman Gray, Producing Jazz: The Experience of an Independent Record Company

    Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face: The Social Construction of Disability and Beauty

    Elaine Hatfield and Susan Spercher, Mirror, Mirror. . .The Importance of Looks in Everyday Life

    Arlie Hochschild, The Managed Heart

    Fergal Keane, Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey

    Jerzy Kocsinsky, Being There

    Michael D. Laurence, J.R. Snortum, and F.E. Zimring, Social Control of the Drinking Driver

    Stanley Milgram, Obedience to Authority

    Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    Shell and Gail Putney, Adjusted American: Normal Neurosis in the Individual and Society

    David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character

    William Ryan, Blaming the Victim

    Albert E. Scheflen, Body Language and the Social Order

    Phillip Slatter, The Pursuit of Loneliness

    Charles Vidich, The New York Cabdriver and His Fare

    Max Weber, The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism


    David L. Altheide, Creating Reality: How TV News Distorts Events

    Ben Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly

    R. Serge Denisoff, Inside MTV

    Alicia F. Lieberman, The Emotional Life of The Toddler

    John Seeley, Crestview Heights

    J.I. Simmons, It’s Happening: A Portrait of the Youth Scene Today


    James M. Acheson, The Lobster Gangs of Maine

    William M. Kephart and William W Zellner, Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles

    Michael Medved and David Wallechinsky, What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?

    William W. Zellner, Counterculture: A Sociological Analysis


    Katherine R. Allen, Single Women/Family Ties: Life Histories of Older Women

    Philippe Aries, Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life

    Sacks, Oliver, Uncle Tungsten

    Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

    David Cooper, The Death of the Family

    John Demos, Past, Present, and Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American History

    Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage

    Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein, Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work

    Frederick Elkin, The Child Society

    Sharon Hays, The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood

    Arlie Hochschild, The Second Shift

    Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

    Monica Morris, Last Chance Children: Growing Up with Older Parents

    Steven W. Mosher, A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against One-Child China

    Esther Newton, Mother Camp

    Sharon J. Price and P.C. McKenry, Divorce

    Prudence Mors Rains, Becoming an Unwed Mother: A Sociological Account

    Arlene S. Skolnick, The Intimate Environment: Exploring Marriage and the Family

    Mark Strasser, Legally Wed: Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution

    Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class

    Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke

    Norma Williams, The Mexican American Family: Tradition and Change

    Viviana Zelizer, Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Values of Children


    James Coleman, The Adolescent Society

    Randall Collins, The Credential Society

    Ann Arnett Ferguson, Bad Boys : Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity

    Samuel G. Freeman, Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School

    Gerald Grant, The World We Created at Hamilton High

    Irving Horowitz and William Friedland, The Knowledge Factory

    Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society

    Jerome Judson, Culture Out of Anarchy: The Reconstruction of American Higher Learning

    Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools

    Amanda Lewis, Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities

    Michael Moffatt, Coming of Age in New Jersey: College and American Culture

    Peter Coolson and Caroline Hodges Persell, Preparing for Power: America’s Elite Boarding Schools

    Murray Sperber: Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Are Crippling Undergraduate Education

    Barrie Thorne, Gender Play: Boys and Girls at School


    Bob Blauner, Black Lives, White Lives: Three Decades of Race Relations in America

    Kenneth Clark, The Dark Ghetto

    Dalton Conley, Honky

    Mitcell Duneier, Slimâs Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity

    Troy Duster, Backdoor to Eugenics

    Stanley M. Elkins, Slavery

    Joe Fagin, Living with Racism: The Black Middle-Class Experience

    Nathan Glazer and Daniel Moynihan, Beyond the Melting Pot

    Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics bell hooks, Killing Rage

    Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White

    Peter Kwong, The New Chinatown

    Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton, American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

    Mary Patillo McCoy, Black Picket Fences : Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class

    Charles C. Moskos and John S. Butler, All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way

    Carlos Munoz, Jr., Youth, Identity and Power: The Chicano Movement

    Deirdre A. Royster, Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs

    Patricia Turner, I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture

    William Foote Whyte, Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum

    Gregory Howard Wilson, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovers He Is Black

    William Julius Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race


    Digby E. Baltzell, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

    Kai Erikson, Wayward Puritans

    Leon Festinger et al., When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study

    Gerhard Lenski, The Religious Factor: A Sociological Study of Religion's Impact on Politics, Economics and Family Life

    John Lofland, Doomsday Cult: A Study of Conversion, Proselytization, and Maintenance of Faith

    Thomas C. Reeves, The Empty Church: The Suicide of Liberal Christianity

    Jonathan Reider, Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn Against Liberalism

    Stephen R. Warner, New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small Town Church


    William Adler, Mollie’s Job: A Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line

    Joel Bakan, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit f Profit and Power

    Benjamin R. Barber, Jihad Against McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World

    Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory

    Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle

    Anthony Giddens, Runaway World

    Arlie Hochschild and Barbara Ehrenreich, Global Women

    Naomi Klein, No Logo

    Naomi Klein, Faces and Windows

    Walter LeFerber, Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism

    Gary E. McCuen, Ecocide and Genocide in the Vanishing Forest: The Rainforests and Native People

    Murray Melbin, Night as a Frontier: Colonizing the World After Dark

    George Ritzer, The Globalization of Nothing


    Jill Duerr Berrick, Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women and Children on Welfare

    T.B. Bottomore, Social Class

    Dalton Conley, Being Black Living in the Red

    Sara Davidson, Loose Change

    John Dollard, Caste and Class in a Southern Town

    William Domhoff, Who Rules America?

    Mitchell Duneier, Sidewalks

    Deborah Fink, Cutting into the Meatpacking Line: Workers and Change in the Rural Midwest

    Claude Fischer et al., Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth

    Michael Harrington, The Other America

    Joseph T. Howell, Hard Living on Clay Streets: Portraits of Blue Collar Families

    Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

    Elliott Liebow, Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women

    Elliot Liebow, Tally’s Corner

    Jay MacLeod, Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low Income Neighborhood

    Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth

    Kevin Phillips, The Politics of the Rich and Poor

    Frances Fox Plover and Richard Cloward, Regulating the Poor

    Jill Quadagno, The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty

    Lee Rainwater, Behind Ghetto Walls: Black Family Lives in a Federal Slum

    Mary Romero, Maid in the USA

    Juliet B. Schor, The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need

    Juliet B. Schor, The Overworked American

    Theresa A. Sullivan, Elizabeth Warren, and Jay Lawrence Westbrook, The Fragile Middle-Class: Americans in Debt

    Ron Suskind, A Hope Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner-City to the Ivy League


    Diane Barthel, Putting on Appearances: Gender and Advertising

    Julie Beattie, Women Without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity

    Caroline Bird, Born Female

    Carol Brooks Gardner, Passing By: Gender and Public Harassment

    Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will

    Anne Campbell, Men, Women, and Aggression

    Zillah Eisenstein, The Female Body and the Law

    Susan Galudi, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

    Gary Allen Fine, With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture

    Marilyn French, Women’s Room

    Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

    Herb Goldberg, The Hazards of Being Male

    Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

    Rosanna Hertz, More Equal Than Others: Women and Men in Dual-Career Marriages

    Arlie Hochschild, The Time Bind

    Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Men and Women of the Corporation

    Jean Kilbourne, Can’t Buy Me Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel

    Judith Kirk Blackwelder, Now Hiring: The Feminization of Work in the United States 1900-1995

    Kate Millet, Sexual Politics

    Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful

    William S. Pollack, Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

    Denis Riley, ”Am I That Name?”: Feminism and the Category of “Women” in History

    Barbara J. Risman and Pepper Schwartz, Eds., Gender in Intimate Relationships: A Microstructural Approach

    Barbara J. Risman, Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition

    Florence V. Ridlon, A Fallen Angel: The Status Insularity of the Female Alcoholic

    Alexandra Stigimayer, Ed., Mass Rape: The War Against Women in Bosnia-Herzogovina

    Christine L. Williams, Still A Man’s World: Men Who Do Women’s Work

    Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

    Naomi Wolf, Promiscuities


    Dennis Altman, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation

    John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America

    Susan Griffin, Rape: The Power of Consciousness

    Laud Humphries, Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places

    Domm Teal, The Gay Militants


    Michael Bloor, A Sociology of HIV Transmission

    Joan Jacobs Brumber, The Body Project

    Harold G. Cox, Late Life: The Realities of Aging

    Norman K. Denzin, The Alcoholic Self

    A.B. Downing, Euthanasia and the Right to Die

    Kevin Fitzpatrick and Mark LaGory, Unhealthy Places: The Ecology of Risk in the Urban Landscape

    Edgar Friedenberg, Coming of Age in America

    Renee C. Fox and Judith Swazey, Spare Parts: Organ Replacement in American Society

    Geyla Frank, Venus of Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography and Being Female in America

    Jaber F. Gubrium, Living and Dying at Murray Manor

    Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis

    Dale J. Jaffe, Caring

    James H. Jones, Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

    Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

    Marcia Millman, Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat in America

    Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death

    Barbara Myerhoff, Number Our Days

    Lynn Payer, Disease Mongers: How Doctors, Drug Companies, and Insurers Are Making You Feel Sick

    William A. Rushing, The AIDS Epidemic: Social Dimensions of an Infectious Disease

    Thomas Scheff, Being Mentally Ill: A Sociological Theory

    David Sudnow, Passing-On

    Charles E. Turner, H.G. Miller, and L.E. Moses, AIDS: Sexual Behavior and Intravenous Drug Use


    Crane Brinton, Anatomy of a Revolution

    Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War

    Susan Ferriss, et al, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement

    William Gamson, The Strategy of Social Protest

    Todd Gitlin, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage

    Joseph Gusfield, Protest, Reform, and Revolt

    Julia Hill, The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods

    Abbie Hoffman, Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture

    Tom Juravich, Chaos on the Shop Floor: A Worker's View of Quality, Productivity, and Management

    Howell Raines, My Soul Is Rested : Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered

    Theodore Roszak, The Making of a Counterculture

    Bibi Wein, The Runaway Generation

    Jach Whalen and Richard Flacks, Beyond the Barricades: The Sixties Generation Grows Up


    Nicholas Alex, Black in Blue – A Study of Black Policeman

    Leon Bing, Do or Die

    Phillippe Bourgois, Selling Crack in el Barrio

    Albert Cohen, Delinquent Boys

    Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

    Pete Early, The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison

    Mark S. Fleisher, Beggars and Thieves: Lives of Urban Street Criminals

    Erving Goffman, Stigma

    Erving Goffman, Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates

    Victor Hasine, Life Without Parole: Living in Prison Today

    Stuart Hills, Crime, Power, and Morality

    Philip K. Howard, The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America

    Edward Humes, No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court

    Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Islands in the Street

    Gary D. LaFree, Rape and Criminal Justice: The Social Construction of Sexual Assault

    Esther Madriz, Nothing Happens to Good Girls: Fear of Crime in Women’s Lives

    C. Wright Mills, White Collar

    Martha Myers and S.M. Talarico, The Social Context of Criminal Sentencing

    Jocelyn M. Pollock-Byrne, Women, Prison, and Crime

    Eric Schlosser, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

    Edwin Schur, Crimes Without Victims

    Edwin Schur, Our Criminal Society

    Kody Scott/Sanyika Shakur, Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

    Gini Sikes, 8-Ball Chicks

    Edwin Sutherland, The Professional Thief

    Edwin Sutherland, White Collar Crime

    Gresham Sykes, The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison

    F. Thrasher, The Gang

    Ernest van den Haag, Punishing Criminals

    L.H. Whittmore, Super-Cops

    Erik O. Wright, The Politics of Punishment


    Saul Alinski, Reveille for Radicals

    James Barber, Presidential Character

    William Domhoff, The Powers That Be

    Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

    Richard F. Hamilton, Who Voted for Hitler?

    Seymour M. Lipset, Political Man

    Seymour M. Lipset, Union Democracy

    Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man

    Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation, Counter Revolution, and Revolt

    Neil de Mause and Joanna Cagan, Field of Schemes : How the Great Stadium Swindle

    Turns Public Money into Private Profit

    C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

    Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, America: Who Really Pays the Taxes?


    Elijah Anderson, Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in the Urban Community

    Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Down to This: Squalor and Splendor in a Big City Shantytown

    D.M. Buss and E.S. Redburn, Shutdown or Youngstown: Public Policy for Mass Unemployment

    Andres Duany et al., Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

    Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb

    Herbert Gans, Urban Villagers

    Charles Keil, Urban Blues

    Arthur J. Vidich, Small Town in Mass Society

    William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor