Amy B. Smoyer, PhD

Incarcerated Lives, Health & Social Work


What is AmY reading?

Honeyman, G. (2018). Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. New York: Penguin Books.

King, L. (2014). Euphoria. New York: Grove Press.

Newport, C. (2016). Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. New York: Grand Central Publishing.

Bauer, S. (2018). American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment. New York: Penguin.

Obama, M. (2018). Becoming. New York: Random House.

Rankin, C. (2014). Citizen: An American Lyric. Minneapolis, MN: Greywolf Press.

Irving, D. (2014). Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Room Press.

Peterson, L. J. (2017). All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island. New York: Hachette.

Gerald, C. (2018). There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir. New York: Riverhead Books.

Chung, N. (2018). All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir. New York: Catapult.

Winter, B. H. (2016). Underground Airlines. New York: Hachette.

Ward, J. (2017). Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel. New York: Simon Schuster/Scribner.

Thomas, A. (2017). The Hate You Give. New York: Harper Collins.

Soulja, S. (2008). Midnight: A Gangster Love Story. New York: Pocket Star Books.

Gay, R. (2017). Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. New York: Harper.

Gay, R. (2014). Bad Feminist: Essays. New York: Harper.

Westover, T. (2017). Educated: A Memoir. New York: Random House.

Casares, O. (2003). Brownsville. New York: Little, Brown & Company.

Monk Kidd, S. (2003). The Secret Life of Bees. New York: Penguin Books.

Lalami, L. (2005). Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. New York: Harcourt Books.

Gay, R. (2014). Bad Feminist: Essays. New York: Harper Perennial.

Guter, B. & Killacky, Eds. (2004). Queer Crips: Disable Gay Men and Their Stories. New York: Routledge.

Hernández, D. (2014).  A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir. Boston: Beacon Press.

O'Neil, C. (2016). Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. New York: Broadway Books.

Brown, T. A. (2008). Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan. Hartford, CT: TAB Brown Publishing.

Cetin, F. (2008). My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish Memoir. London: Versos Books.

Holmes, S. M. (2013). Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Urrea, L. A. (2010). Into the Beautiful North: A Novel. New York: Little Brown and Company.

Burton, L. (2017). Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women. New York: The New Press

Smoyer, N. (2017).  Donut Dollies in Vietnam: Baby-Blue Dresses and OD Green.  San Bernadino, CA: Copper Books.

Vance, J.D. (2015) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: Harper.

Atwood, M. (1998). The Handmaiden's Tale. New York: Anchor Books.

Abrams, L.S. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2012). Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Springsteen, B. (2016). Born to Run. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Phillips, P. (2016). Blood at the Root. New York: WW Norton & Company.

Greenwell, G. (2016). What Belongs to You: A Novel.  New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Bacon, L. (2010). Health at any Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Dallas: BenBella Books.

West, L. (2016).  Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. New York: Hackette Books.

Bradbury, R. (1953/2013). Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Bronte, E. (1847/2002). Wuthering Heights. New York: Penguin Classics.

Hodgman, G. (2015). Bettyville. New York: Viking Penguin Group.

Schumer, A. (2016). The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. New York: Gallery Books.

Ngozi Adichie, C. (2014). We Should All Be Feminists. New York: Anchor Books.

Hawkins, P. (2015)  The Girl on the Train. New York: Riverhead Books.

Diamant, A. (2014). The Boston Girl: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Lerner, B. (2016). The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir. New York: Harper Collins.

Forney, E. (2012). Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir. New York: Gotham Books.

Rakoff, D. (2013).  Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel. New York: Random House Audio.

Mantel, H. (2014). The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories. Henry Holt.

Rhimes, S. (2015).  Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Christie, A. (1939).  And Then There Were None.  New York: Harper.

Genova, A. (2014).  Still Alice. New York: Gallery Books.

Desmond, M. (2015).  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown.

Henriquez, C. (2014).  The Book of Unknown Americans. New York: Knopf.

Taylor, E. D. (2012). A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. New York: Macmillan.

Coates, T. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Abrams, L.S. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2013). Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Adichie, C.N. (2013).  Americanah.  New York: Knopf.

Akpan, U.  (2008).  Say You're One of Them.  New York:  Back Bay Books.

Alexander, M. (2012). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press.

Baca, J. S. (2001).  A place to stand:  The making of a poet.  New York:  Grove Press.

Bender, A. (2010).  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake:  A novel.  New York:  Doubleday.

Berger, M. T. (2004). Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Black, T. (2009).  When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off The Streets. New York: Vintage Books.

Blow, C. M. (2014). Fire Shut Up in My Bones. New York Houghton Milfflin Harcourt.

Boo, Katherine. (2012). Beyond the Beautiful Forever. New York: Random House.

Brown, M. & Martin, CE (2008).  The Naked Truth:  Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive. New York:  HarperCollins Publishers.

Cahn, SM. (1993). Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia.  New York: Rowman & LIttlefield Publishers.

Cahn, SM. (2008).  From Student to Scholar:  A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor.  New York:  Columbia University Press.

Cain, S.(2013). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. New York: Broadway Books.

Cervantes, M. (2011).  Don Quijote. (Adapted by Agustin Sanchez Aguilar).  Barcelona:  Vicens Vives.

Counihan, C. (1999). The anthropology of food and body:  Gender, meaning and power.  New York:  Routledge.

Cuevas, T. (1998).  Prison of Women: Testimonies of War and Resistance in Spain, 1939-1975.  (M.E. Giles, Trans.) Albany:  State University of New York Press.

Davis, A. (2003).  Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press.

Díaz, J.  (1996).  Drown.  New York:  Riverhead Books.

Drucker, E.  (2011).  A Plague of Prisons:  The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.  New York:  The New Press

Dunham, L. (2014). Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned. New York: Random House.

Eggers, D. (2009).  Zeitoun.  New York:  Vintage Books.

Engel, J. (2006).  The Epidemic:  A Global History of AIDS. New York: Smithsonian Books.

Errington, F., Fujikura, T., & Gewertz, D. (2013). The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Farmer, P. (2011).  Haiti: After the Earthquake.  New York: Public Affairs.

Fisher, M. (1995)  My Name is Mary: A Memoir. New York: Scribner.

Fowler, K. J. (2004).  The Jane Austen Book Club.  New York: Putnam's Sons.

Franklin, H. B. (Ed.). (1998).  Prison Writing in 20th Century America.  New York: Penguin Books.

Friedman, L. M. (1993).  Crime and Punishment in American History.  New York:  Vintage Books.

Glaser, E. (1991).  In the Absence of Angels:  A Hollywood Family's Courageous Story. New York: Penguin Books.

Goffman, A. (2014). On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Halkitis, P. N. (2013). The AIDS Generation:  Stories of Survival and Resistance.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Heffernan, E.  (1972).  Making It In Prison: TheSquare, The Cool, and the Life. New York: Wiley-Interscience.

Hirsch, J.S., Wardlow, H., Smith, D.J., Phinney, H.M., Parikh, S. & C.A. Nathanson (2009).  The Secret: Love, Marriage and HIV.  Nashville:  Vanderbilt University Press.

Hobbs, J. (2014).  The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League. New York: Scribner.

Hofmann, R. (2009).  I Have Something To Tell You. New York: Atria Books.

Huang, E. (2013). Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Humphreys, H.  (2003).  The Lost Garden. New York: W. W. Norton & Company

Irvine, L.  (2013).  My Dog Always Eats First:  Homeless People and Their Animals. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

James, A.C. (2013).  Upper Bunkies Unite. Boston: Goode Book Press.

Jiler, J. (2006).  Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture.  Oakland, CA: New Village Press.

Jones, C. (2001).  Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist. New York: HarperOne.

King, S. (2000).  On Writing: A memoir of the craft.  New York: Pocket Books.

Kingsley, P.  (2012).  How to be Danish: From Lego to Lund. A Short Introduction to the State of Denmark.  Croydon: Short Books.

Kinney, J. (2001).  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Cabin Fever.  New York:  Amulet Books.

Leblanc, A. N. (2004).  Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx.  New York: Scribner.

Lagueux, R. (Ed.) (2004).  Becoming Teachers: The Graduate Student Guide to Teaching at Yale University. New Haven, CT: McDougal Graduate Teaching Center.

Lahiri, J. (2008).  Unaccustomed Earth. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.

Lang, J. M. (2008).  On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Leder, D.  (2000).  The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death, and Hope.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Levi, R. & Waldman, A (Eds) (2011). Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons. San  Francisco: McSweeny's Books.

Liebow, E. (1967).  Tally's Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.

Lunsford, S. (2012). Sweet Hell on Fire. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Lupica, M. (2007). Heat.  New York: Puffin.

MacDonald, M. P. (1999). All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. Boston: Beacon Press.

Maxfield, M. G. & Babbie, E. R. (2012). Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology.  Independence, KY: Cengage, Wasdworth.

McCorkel, J. A. (2013). Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment.New York: New York University Press.

McCorkel, J.A. (2013).  Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. New York: New York University Press.

Miller, J. & Deutsch, J. (2011)  Food Studies:  An Introduction to Research Methods.  New York:  Berg.

Monette, P. (1988).  Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. New York: Harcourt.

Moore, W. (2010).  The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.  New York: Random House.

Moran, C. (2012). How to be a Woman.  New York: Harper Perennial.

Murray, L. (2010). Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. New York: Hyperion.

Ngozi Adichie, C. (2007). Half of a Yellow Sun.  London:  Harper Perennial.

Obreht, T.  (2011).  The Tiger's Wife.  New York:  Random House

Perkinson, R. (2010).  Texas Tough: The rise of America's prison empire. New York: Metropolitan Books.

Pisani, E. (2008).  The Wisdom of Whores:  Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company.

Pope, L. (2012). Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schoools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. New York: Penguin Books.

Reese, J.  (2011).  Make the bread, buy the butter: What you should and shouldn't cook from scratch.  New York:  Free Press.

Rosenberg, S. (2011).  An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country.  New York: Citadel Press.

Roth, Geneen. (2011).  Women, Food & God. New York: Scribner.

Simien, J. (2014). Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in "Post-Racial" America. New York: Simon and Shuster.

Simonson, H. (2010).  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.  New York: Random House.

Smith, D.E. (1987).  The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology.  Boston: Northeastern University Press.

Sobel, D. (2007). Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. New York: Walker and Company.

Sotomayor, S. (2013).  My Beloved World. New York: Knopf.

Stein, D. J. (2014). Prison Baby: A Memoir. Boston: Beacon Press.

Stevenson, B. (2014). Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Stockett, K. (2009).  The Help.  New York:  Amy Finhorn Books.

Tartt, D. (2013). The Goldfinch. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Thomas, J. J. & Schaefer, J. (2013). Almost Anorexic. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Toibin, C. (2012).  The Empty Family: Stories. New York: Scribner. (Read them all, especially The Street)

Trounstine, J. (2001).  Shakespeare Behind Bars:  The Power of Drama in a Women's Prison.  New York: St. Martin's Press.

Ward, J. (2013). Men We Reaped: A Memoir. New York: Bloomsbury.

Waters, S. (2014). Paying Guests. New York: Riverhead.

Wolff, T. (2001).  Old School.  New York: Knopf.

Women of Crossroads (2013).  Stinging for Their Suppers: How Women in Prison Nourish Their Bodies and Souls.  Claremont, CA: Crossroads, Inc.

Zehr, H. & Toews, B. (2004).  Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.