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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates / Common Read at MSUM

This is a guide with resources related to the 2019-20 Common Read at Minnesota State University Moorhead.


These are some resources that may help with further understanding and research of themes covered in the book.

In your reading, you may discover several themes, issues and discussion points. Some ideas, themes and issues may include:

Expectations; Motivation; Aspirations; Poverty; Grief; Loss; Opportunity; Urban Life; Value of Education; Military;  Prisons; Socioeconomics; Self-Fulfilling Prophecy; Community, Peer and Family Support; Race; Discrimination; Social Justice; Child Welfare; Crime Prevention; Violence

And many more

Further Reading

Expectations, Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, and Hope

Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance. New York: Scribner. 2016.

3rd Floor BF637.S8 D693 2016

Kernis, Michael H. Efficacy, Agency, and Self-Esteem. New York: Plenum Press, 1995. Print.

3rd Floor BF697.5.S46 E33 1995

Oettingen, Gabriele. Rethinking Positive Thinking : Inside the New Science of Motivation . New York: Current, 2014. Print.

3rd Floor BF698.35.O57 O38 2014

Peterson, Alan R. Hope in Health: The Socio-Politics of Optimism. Houndsmills, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015. Online.

Solnit, Rebecca. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Chicago: Haymarket Books. 2016. Print.

3rd Floor HN18 .S653 2016


Motivation, Change, Aspirations, Goals

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2013. Print.

3rd Floor BF637.S8 C68 2013

Heath, Chip & Heath, Dan. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. New York: Broadway Books. 2010. Print

3rd Floor BF637.C4 H43 2010

Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. Print

3rd Floor LB1139.25 .T68 2012

Wong, Roderick. Motivation: A Biobehavioural Approach. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. 2000.  Print

3rd Floor BF503 .W665 2000


Poverty and Socioeconomic Status

Chivers, David. Success, Survive or Escape: Aspirations and Poverty Traps.Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, November 2017, Vol.143, pp.116-132. Online

Revallion, Martin. The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement and Policy. New York: Oxford UP. 2016. Print

3rd Floor HC79.P6 .R3798 2016


Opportunity, Luck, and Advantage

Card, Claudia. The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996. Print.

3rd Floor BJ 1531 .C28 1996

Landsman, Klaas., and van Wolde, Ellen. The Challenge of Chance A Multidisciplinary Approach from Science and the Humanities. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016. Online.

Navin, Mark. “Luck and Oppression.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14.5 (2011): 533–547. Online.


Value of Education

Daily, Mary C & Bengali, Leila. "Is it Still Worth Going to College?" FRBSF Economic Letter. 2014. Online.

Green, Andy. The Crisis for Young People: Generational Inequalities in Education, Work, Housing and Welfare. Cham: Springer International. 2017. Online

Guthrie, James W. Encyclopedia of Education. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Print and Online.

Print: Reference 1st Floor LB 15 .E47 2003

Livingstone, D. W., editor.; Guile, David, editor. The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning: A Critical Reader. Rotterdam, Boston: Sense Publishers. 2012. Online

McMahon, Walter M. Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2009. Print

3rd Floor LB2324 .M39 2009

Day, Jennifer Cheeseman and Newburger, Eric C. The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings. Current Population Reports. US Census Bureau. 2002. Online.


Grief, Loss and Suffering

Berns, Nancy. Closure The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us . Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. Print.

3rd Floor BF 575.D35 B47 2011

Hooyman, Nancy R., and Kramer, Betty J. Living through Loss : Interventions Across the Life Span. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. Print and Online.

Print: 3rd Floor BF575.G7 H66 2006

Loss, Grief & Care. Journal. Online.

Salloum, Alison. Grief and Trauma in Children: An Evidence-Based Treatment Manual. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Online.


Urban Life and Crime

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 2014. Springer Link. Online.

Erdentuğ, Aygen, and Colombijn, Freek. Urban Ethnic Encounters the Spatial Consequences. London: Routledge, 2002. Online.

Parker, Karen F. Unequal Crime Decline: Theorizing Race, Urban Inequality, and Criminal Violence. New York: New York University Press, 2008. Print.

3rd Floor HV6789 .P39 2008

Simon, Jonathan. Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Print.

3rd Floor HV6789 .S57 2007

Wilson, Bruce L. & Corbett, H. Dickson. Listening to Urban Kids: School Reform and the Teachers They Want. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 2001.

3rd Floor LC5133.P5 W55 2001



Journal of Prison Education & Reentry. Open Access Journal.

McGrew, Ken. Education's Prisoners: Schooling, The Political Economy, and the Prison Industrial Complex. New York: Peter Lang. 2008. Online.

Rawal, Tanya. Geographies of Debt: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global South. The Global South 8.2 (2015): 34-48. Online.

Western, Bruce. Punishment and Inequality in America . New York: R. Sage Foundation, 2006. Print.

3rd Floor HV 9471 .W47 2006



Hamby, Sherry., and Grych, John. The Web of Violence : Exploring Connections Among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012. Online.

McCord, Joan. Violence and Childhood in the Inner City . Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Print.

3rd Floor HN90.V5 V532 1997

Rosenfeld, Richard. Economics and Youth Violence : Crime, Disadvantage, and Community . New York: NYU Press, 2013. Print.

3rd Floor HQ 799.2.V56 E26 2013

Scheidel, Walter. The Great Leveler : Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century . Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2017. Print.

Popular Reading 1st Floor HM821 .S235 2017

Sharp, Dustin N. Justice and Economic Violence in Transition. New York: Springer, 2013. Online.

World Health Organization. Preventing Youth Violence: An Overview of the Evidence. 2015. Online.



Kingsbury, Alex. "The Pros and Cons of Military Service." US News and World Report. October 21, 2010. Online

Sampson, Robert J., and John H. Laub. “Socioeconomic Achievement in the Life Course of Disadvantaged Men: Military Service as a Turning Point, Circa 1940-1965.” American Sociological Review, vol. 61, no. 3, June 1996, pp. 347–367. Online.

Wright-Isak, Christine, et al. Benefits of Military Service: Testing a More Complete Spectrum. Online.


Community Support and Social Justice

Center for Communities that Care. Communities That Care Plus. University of Washington. 2019. Online.

Haugen, David M., Musser, Susan and Kalambakal, Vickey. Social Justice. Farmington Hills, Mich: Greenhaven Press/Gale Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.

3rd Floor HM671 .S623 2010

Hawkins, J. David. Preventing Crime and Violence Through Communities that Care. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, December 1999. 7.4, pp. 443-458. Online.

Mthethwa-Sommers, Shirley. Narratives of Social Justice Educators Standing Firm. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014. Online.

Social Justice. Journal. Online.

White, Cameron. Community Education for Social Justice. Rotterdam: Sense, 2014. Online.


Family Support and Role

"Involved Parents Key to Preventing Violence." The Post - Standard, Oct 24, 2002, pp. 8. ProQuest. Online.

Parks, Alisa B. The Effects of Family Structure on Juvenile Deliquency. Dissertation. East Tennessee State University. 2013. Online.

Slattery, Thomas, and Meyers, Steven. Contextual Predictors of Adolescent Antisocial Behavior: The Developmental Influence of Family, Peer, and Neighborhood Factors.” Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 31.1 (2014): 39–59. Online.

Smith, Paula et al. “The Protective Influence of Parents and Peers in Violence Avoidance Among African-American Youth.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 5.4 (2001): 245–252. Online.


Peers, Friendships and Influences

Farrell, Albert, Thompson, Erin, and Mehari, Krista. “Dimensions of Peer Influences and Their Relationship to Adolescents’ Aggression, Other Problem Behaviors and Prosocial Behavior.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 46.6 (2017): 1351–1369. Online.

Koch, Marta. “Choose Your Friends Wisely.” Cell 169.2 (2017): 179–179. Online.

Vargas, Robert. “Being in ‘Bad’ Company: Power Dependence and Status in Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence.” Social Psychology Quarterly 74.3 (2011): 310–332. Online.