Book review for “Behind Bars: Latinos and Prison in the United States Edited by
Book review for "Behind Bars: Latinos and Prison in the United States Edited by Suzanne Oboler, 2009)", you are required to offer a brief description of the text’s key points as well as provide a short appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the work. You should be able to complete your review in 2-3 pages, (double spaced & 12pt Font size). Before You Read Before you begin to read, consider the elements you will need to included in your review. The following items may help: Author: Who is the author? What else has s/he written? Has this author won any awards? Genre: Who is the intended audience for this work? What is the purpose of the work? Title: Where does the title fit in? How is it applied in the work? Does it adequately encapsulate the message of the text? Is it interesting? Uninteresting? Preface/Introduction/Table of Contents: Does the author provide any revealing information about the text in the preface/introduction? Does a “guest author” provide the introduction? What judgments or preconceptions do the author and/or “guest author” provide? How is the book arranged: sections, chapters? As You Read As you read, determine how you will structure the summary portion or background structure of your review. Be ready to take notes on the book’s key points and/or themes. Themes: What themes stand out? How do they contribute to the work? Are they effective or not? How would you describe this author’s particular style? Is it accessible to all readers or just some? Argument: How is the work’s argument set up? What support does the author give for her/findings? Does the work fulfill its purpose/support its argument? Key Ideas: What is the main idea of the work? What makes it good, different, or groundbreaking? Quotes: What quotes stand out? How can you demonstrate the author’s talent or the feel of the book through a quote? When You Are Ready to Write Begin with a short summary or background of the work, but do not give too much away. The final portion of your review will detail your opinion of the work. When you are ready to begin your review, consider the following: Establish a Background, Remember your Audience: What kind of summary can you provide of the main points that will help your readers gauge their interest? Does the author’s text adequately reach the intended audience? Will some readers be lost or find the text too easy? Main themes: Deal only with the most pressing issues in the book. What ideas did you agree or disagree with? What other things might the author have researched or considered? Organize: The purpose of the review is to critically evaluate the text, not just inform the readers about it. Leave plenty room for your evaluation by ensuring that your summary is brief. Determine what kind of balance to strike between your summary information and your evaluation. For the purposes of this course, the ratio should be roughly half and half. Your Evaluation: Choose one or a few points to discuss about the book. What worked well for you? How does this work compare with others by the same author or other books in the same genre? What major themes, objectives, or terms does the book introduce, and how effective are they? Did the book appeal to you on an emotional or logical way? How do you think you can put into practice your learning from this book? Revising When making the final touches to your review, carefully verify the following: Double-check your spelling and grammar. Try to read from the vantage point of your audience. Is there too much/enough summary? Does your argument about the text make sense? Should you include direct quotes from the reading? Do they help support your arguments? Double-check your quotes for accuracy.

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