Books in My Ever-Growing Social Work Library

Below, you will find a list of books, as social worker in the making, I highly recommend. Though I have not read each of the enclosed books, reviews have confirmed the good purchase. Enjoy, and may you continue to grow in your pursuit of knowledge and informed social work practice.

  1. The Working Poor by David K. Shipler
  2. Freedom From Addiction by Neil T. Anderson and Mike & Julia Quarles
  3. Uniquely Human A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, PhD
  4. Transcending Reflections of Crime Victims by Howard Zehr
  5. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz
  6. Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  7. Death of a King by Tavis Smiley
  8. Start Your Own Nonprofit Organization 2nd Edition by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. & Corbin Collins
  9. The Nonprofit Business Plan by David La Piana, Heather Gowdy, Lester Olmstead-Rose, and Brent Copen
  10. Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy by Sheryll Cashin
  11. Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women by Elliot Liebow
  12. DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis by James Morrison
  13. Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology 3rd Edition by Robert Weis
  14. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  15. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
  16. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  17. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
  18. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  19. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In Her Own Words by Helena Hunt
  20. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and American Slave by Robert G. O’Meally
  21. The White Lady Doing Nothing in the Tropics by Mary Dixon
  22. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  23. 101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with Trauma by Fredrike Bannik
  24. 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward by Linda Curran
  25. Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers by Anne Balay
  26. Empowerment Series: Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman
  27. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
  28. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice by Maurianne Adams
  29. The Child Welfare Challenge (Modern Applications of Social Work Series) by Peter J. Pecora
  30. Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermind
  31. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas
  32. Introduction to the Counseling Profession by David Capuzzi
  33. Social and Personality Development by David R. Shaffer
  34. The Social Work Practicum: A Guide and Workbook for Students by Cynthia Garthwait
  35. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  36. The Anatomy of Evil by Michael H. Stone, MD
  37. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau


I hope to continuously update this list as my beautiful social sciences library grows infinitely. May you be inspired by this list to find your passion and truly delve into it with no restraint. It is only through ongoing education and practical understanding that we may begin to positively influence change. Exploring alternative views aids this understanding and growth and allows one to truly form one’s own beliefs, or even blurry them a bit more. Though this may complicate issues some may view as black and white, to me, that is a minimal cost as we attempt to fully and knowledgeably grasp and form solutions to social issues. My hope is that you only look at the world through an educated and open-minded lens.



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