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Sara Youcha Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University. A sociologist of higher education, Goldrick-Rab's research focuses on policies that aim to reduce socioeconomic and racial inequalities.
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Never Too Late
The Adult Student’s Guide to College
Rebecca Klein-Collins - 2018-12-18
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A smart, snappy, and comprehensive guide for the millions of adults who are thinking about going—or going back—to college and want to know how to do it rightAs anyone who has done it knows, going back to school is a major undertaking. For younger and older adults alike, starting or returning to school presents different challenges than those encoun...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2022-09-07T03:49:04.000Z
@Sapphire_Peachy I recommend this book      source
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The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion - 2007-02-13 (first published in 2005)
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'An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with grief.'From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2021-12-23T17:40:09.000Z
Oh, my heart. My grandma and I went to see her read The Year of Magical Thinking. Loved that book.      source
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Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing
Essays
Lauren Hough - 2021-04-13
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Searing and extremely personal essays from the heart of working-class America, shot through with the darkest elements the country can manifest--cults, homelessness, and hunger--while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, ...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2021-05-20T02:49:43.000Z
This perfectly captures @laurenthehough ‘s incredible book.👇🏻 I literally *miss* reading it, since I finished it a few weeks ago.      source
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More Than an Ally
Michael L Boucher - 2020-09-14
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The Caring Solidarity framework is both descriptive and aspirational. It is an attempt to empower White teachers to do the work of interrogating their racial privilege and join in Caring Solidarity with their African American students. The framework can be used to describe teachers who are working in Caring Solidarity with their students and to dev...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2020-09-20T21:41:41.000Z
...”Picking up this book and considering its contents is either an act of defiance or one of devotion.” For me, it’s about interrogating my whiteness & figuring out what “caring solidarity” with #RealCollege students really looks like.      source
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Too Much and Never Enough
How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump - 2020-07-14
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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabri...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2020-07-19T04:03:15.000Z
I’m reading Mary Trump’s book. As the granddaughter of a psychoanalyst, it’s actually fascinating. She identifies the West Wing as essentially a “total institution” in sociological parlance- a great observation. Trump is institutionalized, and not for the first time.      source
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Piecing Me Together
Renée Watson - 2017-02-14
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A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Renée Watson.Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday m...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2020-07-09T19:49:34.000Z
@reneewauthor I can’t say enough about HOW GOOD your book is. It makes me smile every time I read another chapter with my daughter.      source
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The Education of an Idealist
A Memoir
Samantha Power - 2019-09-10
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ANEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, ANDUSA TODAYBESTSELLERANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 • ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019“Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone ...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2020-04-13T02:55:45.000Z
After so much trying, I finally found a book that holds my attention during #COVID2019 — The Education of An Idealist by @SamanthaJPower I’m very, very grateful.      source
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Scarcity
Sendhil Mullainathan - 2014-11-04 (first published in 2013)
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A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity--and our flawed responses to it--shapes our lives, our society, and our cultureWhy do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, y...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2020-01-24T19:21:38.000Z
@akilbello @m_sendhil It’s all in his wonderful book Scarcity      source
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The Privileged Poor
How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students
Anthony Abraham Jack - 2019-02-28
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Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how--and why--disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors--and their coffers--to support...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2019-03-30T19:24:00.000Z
@lucillia_dawn @RodneyA_May @tony_jack If you read Tony’s book, you’ll learn about how those “choices” aren’t exactly choices...this is why I recommended it.      source
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The Financial Diaries
How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty
Jonathan Morduch - 2017-04-04
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What the financial diaries of working-class families reveal about economic stresses, why they happen, and what policies might reduce themDeep within the American Dream lies the belief that hard work and steady saving will ensure a comfortable retirement and a better life for one's children. But in a nation experiencing unprecedented prosperity, eve...
Sara Goldrick-Rab
2018-08-24T15:48:22.000Z
@Jess_Bartholow It’s way beyond college. There is a massive philanthropic investment and lots of nonprofit work in addressing financial insecurity broadly. Check out CFSI and the Financial Diaries (great book) for two examples.      source