EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTING A BOOK TO READ BASED ON THE TOPICS PRESENTED IN THE CURRENT COURSE. A LIST OF POTENTIAL BOOKS WILL BE PROVIDED. STUDENTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING THE BOOK AND AUTHORING A BOOK REVIEW

Assignment Guide: Book Review Guidelines

EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTING A BOOK TO READ BASED ON THE TOPICS PRESENTED IN THE CURRENT COURSE.  A LIST OF POTENTIAL BOOKS WILL BE PROVIDED.  STUDENTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING THE BOOK AND AUTHORING A BOOK REVIEW.  BOOK REVIEWS SHOULD BE COMPARABLE TO THOSE THAT WOULD BE FOUND IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS.  SAMPLE BOOK REVIEWS WILL BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS. THE BOOK REVIEW SHOULD BE 5-7 PAGES.

Each book review should include the following:

 Introduction:  Identification of the book under view.  Be sure to provide citation to author, title, date and place of publication.  What is the subject matter? What is the author’s goal in writing the book?  Who is the author (what is their background/place in the mental health/cj field)?

 Brief summary: Begin the main body of your review with a brief summary describing the content and organization of the book.  What is the argument the author is making, what is the main thesis?  How is this thesis developed?  What evidence is provided?  Be specific and provide details.  Avoid being abstract or vague.  You may wish to add relevant quotations or facts and findings.

 Critical assessment: Here you will present your assessment of the work.  What is the central argument or thesis?  Be sure to address the specific argument of the author.  What is the author’s particular perspective, point of view, or purpose?  What evidence does the author provide?  Evaluate how the book fits into current assessment of the subject in the literature as well as how the book fits with our assessment of the topic in the current course.  How does the author’s work compare to the current state of knowledge on the subject?  What does the author contribute?  Is the argument logical, valuable?  If research was presented, was the research well conducted? Rigorous?

 Conclusion:  Assess your interpretation of the work and your perception of its overall value.  What are the merits, of the book?  Is it a useful text?  Does the work make a unique impact or contribution?

Book reviews should be objective and should consider the following: 

  • The intended audience for the book and who would find it useful 
  • The main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished 
  • The soundness of methods and information sources used
  • The context or impetus for the book –review research or policy, etc.
  • Constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book 

Additionally, book reviews should be fair to the author.  Make sure to write your review in an objective and professional manner.  You may not agree with the author, and it is okay to provide a critical examination; however, do so in a professional manner.  Do not point out flaws, but provide your interpretation and assessment (critical or otherwise) though your specific examples and expertise.  Your review should be informative and insightful.  Good reviews result from a throughout reading of the text selected.

Assignment Summary

Part 1: Book Review Paper

Citation Style: All citations should be in APA format.

Digital Format: Microsoft Word Document. Double-spaced and 5-7 pages in length.

Submission: Blackboard

Assignment Grading

Weight: 10% of final grade

 Book Recommendations

Cook, D.S. (2019). So Many Angels: A Family Crisis and the Community That Got Us Through It. 

Elva, T. Stranger, T. (2018). South of Forgiveness. Scribe.

Herman, J. L. (1997). Trauma and recovery (Rev. ed.). New York: BasicBooks.

Levine, P. A. (1997). Waking the tiger: healing trauma: the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences. Berkeley, Calif: North Atlantic Books.

Levine, P. A. (2008). Healing trauma: a pioneering program for restoring the wisdom of your body. Boulder, Colo.; Enfield: Sounds True ; Publishers Group UK [distributor].

Levine, P. A. (2010). In an unspoken voice: how the body releases trauma and restores goodness. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Menakem, Resmaa. My Grandmother’s Hands. 2017.

Patterson, J (Ed). Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

Rothchild, Babette. The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment. 2000

Rousseau, D. (Ed.) Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma. Handspring Publishing.

Sebold, A. (2017). Lucky. Scribner.

Stern, J. (2010). Denial: A Memoir. New York, NY US: HarperCollins.

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