Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Society, Current Affairs

You Throw Like a Girl by Don McPherson

You Throw Like a Girl is a book about masculinity and its blind spots. The central argument is that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay) and in so doing we... Continue Reading →


How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism. It follows Kendi's personal journey from the "respectability politics" of assimilation to the anti-racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability... Continue Reading →

Conformity by Cass R. Sunstein

Conformity is the most recent book by the prolific Cass R. Sunstein. This time he is looking at how our innate desire to fit in with those in our group, however we define our group, can lead to good decisions... Continue Reading →

Prisoners of Politics by Rachel Elise Barkow

Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration is a welcome addition to the books tackling the carceral state the United States has become. Rachel Elise Barkow has the personal experience that gives her credibility on both sides of the... Continue Reading →

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone is one of those books you might want to get in its physical form so you can shove it full of bookmarks, highlight sentences, write notes, stick little sticky... Continue Reading →

Charged by Emily Bazelon

Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing.... Continue Reading →

We Are Not Refugees by Agus Morales

Agus Morales is a Spanish poet and journalist who has spent the last several years covering wars and refugees in SE Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. We Are Not Refugees is his effort to capture the vastness of the crisis... Continue Reading →

Thin Blue Lie by Matt Stroud

In 1967, the Johnson Administration's Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice released a report called The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society. It represented an extensive investigation into best practices and nationwide input and ideas. There were more than... Continue Reading →

I Am a Feminist by Monique Polak

I Am a Feminist is a light overview of the many ways feminism is still needed. It is geared toward teens and is written in clear, simple language with lots of illustrations and photos. It has seven sections beginning with... Continue Reading →

Behind Putin’s Curtain by Stephan Orth

Behind Putin's Curtain is a fun, informative travel memoir by Stephan Orth, who wrote Couchsurfing in Iran. Orth uses a few websites to travel cheaply so he can spend several weeks traveling from one end of the country to the other and... Continue Reading →

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman

The Good Immigrant is a collection of twenty-six essays by first and second-generation immigrants about what it is like living and producing their art in a country torn apart by racism and xenophobia. It is a collection of essays by... Continue Reading →

No One Man Should Have All That Power by Amos Barshad

No One Man Should Have All That Power is a headlong race through the history of Rasputinism–the power of being the power behind the "throne" in government, music, film, and sports. Amos Barshad identifies seven principles of a Rasputin. They... Continue Reading →

All Our Trials by Emily L. Thuma

All Our Trials is a history of how the women's anti-violence, anti-racism, feminism, and prison abolition came together in recognition of how these struggles are interdependent. Examples abound of women who have been sentenced to prison for defending themselves from... Continue Reading →

The Lost Boys by Gina Perry

After World War II there was tremendous urgency around finding explanations for what happened in Germany. How could a modern society lose itself in hate and violence, committing genocide on a scale and efficiency unimagined before? One of those who... Continue Reading →

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters is a fabulous book that takes the reader on a route through the reality of social history and customs that come along with gender roles and identities. It starts by asking whether you... Continue Reading →

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