5 Books with Savannah

Welcome back to 5 Books, our occasional series exploring the reading habits of our editors, writers, and commenters. This week, we’re spending some time with Savannah, one of our long term contributors and commenters. She’s always got something interesting to say and her choice of books is no exception.

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

This book had been on my to-read list for a few years, which is not an unusually long time for me. I knew, though, that I had to prioritize this one when I saw Angela Davis speak in Hyde Park last month. She spoke about feminism and race and Assata Shakur (if you haven’t heard her story go look it up!) – and the issue of abolition. I had never heard of this movement, though I knew theoretically that the so-called war on drugs fell disproportionately heavily on black and brown men – and growing numbers of women. This book was one of the ones that she recommended for those of us that didn’t already have an intimate knowledge of what she was talking about already to pick up and read. Read More Book Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander