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In addition to her book reviews and general writing, much of Anne Grant's research focuses on legal abuse in family courts and child protective services that place traumatized children at greater risk. She writes several blogs, including those that focus on custody courts:
She contributed to the book, "Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues," edited by Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D. (Civic Research Institute, 2010).
Reflections on SING YOU HOME by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult's 18th novel takes us into a music therapist's challenging sessions, a fertility clinic, and a courtroom where religious zealots are trying to prevent a woman from having children born of her own embryos--because they do not approve of her same-sex marriage.
Elena Gorokhova's A Mountain of Crumbs
Sublimely lyrical writing describes a harsh Soviet childhood when Elena Gorokhova's father urged her to learn English. He died when she was ten, without seeing her masterful debut in this memoir, which describes feelings she once found indefinable, like grief, and radical ideas, like privacy.
Jodi Picoult's House Rules
An autistic teen demands stringent rules of his family and becomes fascinated with forensic science shortly before he is accused of murder. Picoult's 17th novel delivers well-defined characters, intriguing monologues, and vivid portrayals of autistic behavior. Courtroom scenes show the importance of now-mandated accommodations for people with disabilities.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010(5 comments)
Eugene Robinson's Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America
Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson describes four different groups of black Americans whose identities and goals challenge the prevailing stereotypes and policies being propounded, not only by government officials, but also by civil rights organizations.
Monday, December 27, 2010(3 comments)
Reflections on Jessica Stern's Denial: A Memoir of Terror
"Denial: A Memoir of Terror," by Jessica Stern (Ecco, 2010) conveys Stern's dissociation, and healing in her dawning realization of intolerable truths: sexual abuse by her grandfather, police refusal to believe that a stranger had raped her, and her compulsion to interview terrorists. She tells how weekly raping turns boys in madrasas into terrorists. She makes peace with her emotionally absent father, a Holocaust-survivor.
Sunday, December 26, 2010(3 comments)
Reflections on Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
This is a reflection on "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House, 2010), an exquisitely narrated history of African-Americans in the Twentieth Century. It is based on the author's interviews of more than 1,200 emigrants who left behind cruelties in the South and followed three major routes north and west, not knowing what kind of welcome awaited them.
Saturday, December 25, 2010(7 comments)
Dr. Gardner's ghost still haunts Rhode Island
Family courts in Rhode Island and elsewhere have become the best weapon for batterers to maintain control over their families after divorce by using the discredited junk science of "parental alienation," promoted by the pro-pedophile psychiatrist Richard Gardner.