A collection of influential books gifted from the personal libraries of revered arts and cultural figures.
Nell Bernstein is a San Francisco-based author and journalist writing about children of incarcerated parents as well as the juvenile justice system. With her newly published book Burning Down the House Bernstein introduces us to youth who have suffered violence and psychological torture at the hands of the state. Too many will never recover from the experience, creating a cycle that leaves the public less safe, not more so. Bernstein presents them all as fully realized people, not victims. As they describe in their own voices their fight to maintain their humanity and protect their individuality in environments that would deny both, the young people offer a hopeful alternative to the doomed effort to reform a system that should only be dismantled.