CaMD Bookshelf

Real American: A Memoir

By  Julie Lythcott-Haims

In her fearless memoir, Lythcott-Haims describes her path to self-acceptance, and the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.” The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows how so-called “micro” aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts.

Trans Allyship

By  Davey Shlasko

Davy Shlasko’s definition of allyship is an important frame for the work we do in CaMD. Shlasko writes that“Being an ally is not something that you are, nor something that you think or feel, but something you do. It is informed, accountable action that contributes to other people’s ability to survive and thrive in the context of inequality. You can be an ally to a group or to an individual.”

796 Days

By  Leo Ullman

This story includes not only Leo Ullman’s own personal story but stories of other family members and their often miraculous survival. A mezmerizing first person story of a young Jewish boy pushed into hiding over a period of 2 1/2 years during WWII with total strangers who did not know who he was, while his parents hid in attic elsewhere not knowing if their son was alive.

The Privileged Poor

By Anthony Abraham Jack

In this book, Anthony Abraham Jack reveals the struggles of less priveleged students continue long after they’ve arrived on campus. This bracing and necessary book documents how university policies and culture can exacerbate preexisiting inequalities and reveals why these policies hit some students harder than others.


by Alfred Lumbano

“Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams,” focuses on the unwritten rules and true cost of upward mobility—the sacrifices people make in order to ascend the social strata, the struggle with class identity, and the severed ties with family, friends, and former communities—faced by children and adults of blue-collar families as they try to find meaning and a sense of belonging in the white-collar world. 

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