fresh perspectives on contemporary social issues
R. Dwayne Betts
A QUESTION OF FREEDOM
A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
A coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that it takes place in prison.
Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race,
and the justice system. A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity—
one that guarantees Dwayne’s survival in a hostile environment and that
incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of
his crime. “It tells so many important stories: of senseless violence that
plagues our streets, the devastating affect our prison system is having on
so many young African-American males and the struggles we must all
experience before we can find redemption.”—Russell Simmons.
Avery • 256 pp. • 978-1-58333-348-8 • $23.00
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Being Young and Arab in America
Introducing us to the individual lives of seven twenty-something Arab-American men and women living in Brooklyn, Bayoumi jettisons the
stereotypes and clichés, and allows us instead to enter their worlds and
experience their lives. “An important investigation into the hearts and
minds of young Arab-Americans. This significant and eminently readable work breaks through preconceptions and delivers a fresh take on a
unique and vital community.”—Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Arabian Jazz.
Penguin • 304 pp. • 978-014-311541-0 • $15.00
GANG LEADER FOR A DAY
A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
The story of a bold sociology graduate student who befriended a gang
leader in Chicago and for seven years was able to observe the fascinating, complicated, and often dangerous everyday life of the gang from the
inside. “I couldn’t stop reading, and ended up loving this brave, reckless
young scholar, as well as the gang leader J. T., who has to be one of the
greatest characters ever to emerge from something that could be called
sociological research.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-311493-2 • $16.00
A Lost Dream, an unlikely friendship,
and the Redemptive Power of Music
Now a major motion picture. A journalist finds an incredibly talented,
yet mentally unbalanced, homeless musician, and the two forge a relationship. “An unforgettable tale of hope, heart and humanity.”—Parade.
“The book is a sign that good people still walk among us. The outpouring of support from people of all walks of life made me want to be a
better person.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune.
berkley • 304 pp. • 978-0-425-22600-1 • $15.00