Active Books

Reviews of Books and Movies about Homelessness, Human Rights, Social Issues

There is no question of whether artists or writers should influence society. They do. The only question is how consciously, how effectively, and in what way they use their influence.

I try to keep a record of books that raise the level of human dignity for all, as art and literature can often do more effectively than statistics and slogans.


Book Galaxy
Bookaholic : Anitra's Library

Reviewed by Wes Browning:
Surviving on the Streets by Ace Backwords
The Outsider: a journey into my father’s struggle with madness by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Reviewed by Anitra Freeman:
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
How collective decision-making works well — and how it goes wrong.
Eyes of the Heart by Jean-Bertrand Aristide
with additional links about Aristide, Haiti, and global economics
Becoming Evil by James Waller
How the conscience of a society becomes corrupt, until ordinary people can commit genocide and mass killing

Freethinkers and God's Politics
Susan Jacoby and Jim Wallis examine the role of religion in Amercan politics, from different angles. People of conscience seem to have a lot in common, whether or not we are people of faith.
The Battle for God  examined with  Kindly Inquisitors
An inquisition into the culture wars
Humbows Not Hot Dogs! by Bob Santos
Memoirs of a savvy street activist
Outlaw Woman by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975
Women and Madness by Phyllis Chesler
The Post-Corporate World by David C. Korten
Have A Great One! A Homeless Man's Story
by Laurie Anthony
Healing through relationship
Grand Central Winter by Lee Stringer
12 years of life under Grand Central Station.
The ILWU Story: Six Decades of Militant Unionism
A history of the ILWU - the International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union.
Take the Rich Off Welfare
Who is really soaking the taxpayer?
Merchants of Misery
Profiteering off the poor.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Homeless children and families in rural America.
By others:
Generation at the Crossroads
Interview with Seattle writer and lecturer Paul Loeb

Downsize This!
by Michael Moore

Each One Teach One
Memoirs of a Street Activist: The Ron Casanova Story

The Celling of America
An Inside Look at the U.S. Prison Industry

The Human Zoo: A Death Row Collective

Yukon Alone: The World’s Toughest Adventure Race
by John Balzar

New American Blues

Sofa Surfing


Poor Magazine

If you like Real Change:

Cover of Progressive Magazine  Progressive Magazine

Cover of Peacework  Peacework

Looking interesting:

Cover of A Gathering of the Tribes  A Gathering of the Tribes

Cover of Latina  Latina


Homeless Gifts
Books & movies about homelessness, plus products  from homeless people themselves

Other Activist Art

Alternative Media links at About.Com


To help a little bit in finding the needle with a point on it for you in all that hay out there, I make an ongoing project of compiling book and website reviews. If you have a review, or a something you think we ought to review, please let me know.

This site is an Associate. Besides the reviews here, you can read reviews, and often excerpts, at Amazon. You can buy wherever you choose. A percentage of whatever you buy at following a link from this page goes to the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project.

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The first Homeless Women's Forum poetry chapbook

Seattle Poets and Photographers:
A Millennium Reflection


The Homeless One
by Esther Altshul Helfgott
Reviewed by Ruth A. Fox

A novel exposing psychiatric crimes.
Reviewed by Anitra Freeman

Fire in the Barrel by D.A. Dintzer
A novel exploring homelessness
Homeless Mysteries
Homeless characters in mystery novels, and an interview with G.M. Ford

Ghost Country
Mystery novel by Sara Paretsky
Homeless Fantasies
Homeless people in fantasy and science fiction

The Lorax by Dr. Suess

Space Merchants Classic science-fiction satire
((FREQUENCIES)) by Joshua Ortega
Alien Child by Mona Lee


Two Addicts Try to Fight Their Way into the System
Reviewed by Bruce Triggs
Homeless portrayals in film


On the Air and Outside
Homeless people as portrayed on TV


Web site reviews: Part One
Web site reviews: Part Two
Web site reviews: Part Three
More website reviews: Homeless webmasters


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