Category Archives: Gender

We Believe You

We Believe You

Henry Holt and Company
Paperback
368 pages • $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-62779-533-3

Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

“Changing the conversation forever, 30 survivors of campus sexual assault and cover-ups from all races, backgrounds, and genders, speak out in Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino’s monumental exposé, We Believe You.”—Vanity Fair  

“Me too. It happened to me too.”

More than twenty percent of women and five percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. After decades of near silence from school communities, some survivors are not coming forward. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism. They represent a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.

For more information, please visit: http://webelieveyou.net/.

Annie Clark

© Jeff Lipsky

Andrea Pino

© Jeff Lipsky

Annie E. Clark  (left) and Andrea L. Pino (right) are co-founders of End Rape On Campus, an organization dedicated to survivor support, education and policy reform. They attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they both majored in Political Science. They were two of those who filed Title IX and Clery complaints against UNC. Their stories are prominently featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. We Believe You is their first book.

We Believe You has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Moraine Valley Community College (IL); Moravian College (PA)

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Consequence

Consequence

Henry Holt and Co.
Hardcover
256 pages • $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-627-79513-5

Paperback available in April 2017

A Memoir

Eric Fair

“An important personal perspective is now provided by Eric Fair’s candid and chilling new book, Consequence, which is at once an agonized confession of his own complicity as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib and an indictment of the system that enabled and tried to justify torture . . . [A] profoundly unsettling book.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 

Consequence is the story of Eric Fair, a kid who grew up in the shadows of crumbling Bethlehem Steel plants nurturing a strong faith and a belief that he was called to serve his country. It is a story of a man who chases his own demons from Egypt, where he served as an Army translator, to a detention center in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and eventually, to a heart transplant ward at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, after several months as an interrogator with a private contractor in Iraq, Fair’s nightmares take new forms: first, there had been the shrinking dreams; now the liquid dreams begin. By the time he leaves Iraq after that first deployment, Fair will have participated in or witnessed a variety of aggressive interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, diet manipulation, exposure, and isolation. Years later, his health and marriage crumbling, haunted by the role he played in what we now know as “enhanced interrogation,” it is his desire to speak out that becomes a key to his survival. Spare and haunting, Fair’s memoir is both a brave, unrelenting confession and a book that questions the very depths of who he, and we as a country, have become.

© Amy Cramer

Eric Fair an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. He won a Pushcart prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation have also been published in The Washington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Consequence has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Ethical Culture Fieldston Upper School (NY)
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The Sound of Gravel

The Sound of Gravel

Flatiron Books
Hardcover
352 pages • $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-07769-1

A Memoir

Ruth Wariner

“[A] powerful and poignant memoir about growing up in a polygamist community.”—People 

Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love.

© James Reynolds

Ruth Wariner lives in Portland, Oregon. After Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, she moved to California, where she raised her three youngest sisters. After earning her GED, she put herself through college and graduate school, eventually becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She remains close to her siblings and is happily married.

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A Murder Over a Girl

A Murder Over a Girl

Picador
Paperback
288 pages • $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-11815-8

Justice, Gender, Junior High

Ken Corbett

“Corbett’s relentlessly open mind is rewarding for the reader. His compassion, in the end, leads him to places he did not expect to go.”—The New York Times Book Review

On Feb. 12, 2008, at E. O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, California, fourteen-year-old Brandon McInerney shot and killed his classmate, Larry King, who had recently begun to call himself “Leticia” and wear makeup and jewelry to school. Profoundly shaken by the news, and unsettled by media coverage that sidestepped the issues of gender identity and of race integral to the case, psychologist Ken Corbett traveled to Los Angeles to attend the trial. As visions of victim and perpetrator were woven and unwoven in the theater of the courtroom, a haunting picture emerged not only of the two young teenagers, but also of spectators altered by an atrocity and of a community that had unwittingly gestated a murder. Drawing on firsthand observations, extensive interviews and research, as well as on his decades of academic work on gender and sexuality, Corbett holds each murky facet of this case up to the light, exploring the fault lines of memory and the lacunae of uncertainty behind facts. Deeply compassionate, and brimming with wit and acute insight, A Murder Over a Girl is a riveting and stranger-than-fiction drama of the human psyche.

© Matthu Placek

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and consults internationally. His writings and interviews about gender, sexuality, art, and psychotherapy appear in academic journals as well as in magazines, newspapers, websites, and on television.