book report summary

is course offers an in-depth exploration of family decision-making processes for a wide range of
wants and needs. The five-step decision-making process includes recognizing existing needs,
identifying alternatives to fulfill identified needs, evaluating identified alternatives to meet needs,
implementing alternatives, and evaluating the alternatives selected. But how families identify, use,
produce, and manage resources isn’t rigid – a range of historical, environmental, and cultural
influences make family decision making processes, and family resource management, different for
everyone.

This book review offers an opportunity to explore family resource management issues by applying
course concepts to real experiences. Select one of the pre-approved books listed below to read for
this assignment. After reading the book, you will write a 5 page paper demonstrating your ability to
interpret, evaluate, compare, and critique the experiences of the characters highlighted in the story.
This paper must be written using 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spaced lines and
standard one-inch margins on all sides
. You must also format your paper using APA style and
include the following: title page, running head, page numbers, headings (optional), and a reference
page.

Your paper must include the following information:

1-Summary of the book

What happened? Who was involved? Where and when did the events depicted take place?
Identify the individual, family, and group memberships of the primary characters and social
institutions that are involved in the story.

2-Summary of the social issues presented

What are the individual, family, and larger social issues/problems being faced by the
primary characters and social institutions depicted in the book? What put the primary
characters at risk for experiencing this social issue/problem? What historical,
environmental, social, economic, and cultural contexts are influencing the primary
characters and their experiences?

3-Analysis of the decision-making process and resolution planning

What steps in the decision-making process were depicted by the primary characters? How
did the characters engage with each other and with other social institutions? Critique the
need, access, availability, and use of resources by the primary characters. What individual,
family, and community barriers and supports to resolution of the social problems were
depicted? Were the issues resolved? If so, how?

4-Critical reflection

Select one of the primary characters depicted in this book; if given the opportunity, what
could he or she have done differently?

Reading List for Book Assignment (pick one)

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
by Martha Beck

Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy
by Maggie Anderson

The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District
by Richard Whitmire

The Corner: A Year in the life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
by David Simon and Edward Burns

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore

The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David Shipler

UnPoverty: Rich Lessons from the Working Poor
by Mark Lutz

Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother
By Barbara Morrison

The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio