Vincanne Adams, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of
Katrina (Duke University Press, 2013)
Adams' ethnographic study of New Orleans after Katrina explores the victims of the natural disaster as well as the private institutions that capitalized on this disaster.
Elijah Anderson, The Iconic Ghetto (ANNALS, AAPSS, 642, 2012)
Anderson describes his account of being a black man in New Haven, Connecticut. He describes different instances when he was the focus of prejudices.
Kathryn Dudley, Debt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America's Heartland
(University of Chicago Press, 2000)
Dudley's ethnographic study of a small town, which feels the blow of the farm crisis in the 1980s, eloquently analyzes social trauma. Dudley interviews natives from the small Minnesota town.
Kathryn Dudley, The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America
(University of Chicago Press, 1994)
Dudley does an ethnographic study of Kenosha, Wisconsin after the closing of the Chrysler plant. Dudley explores how the small town survived after a huge traumatic crisis.
Katherine Newman, et al., Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic, 2004)
Newman challenges what American society thinks about school shootings and reveals all the signs in place that we overlook.
Toni Morrison, Home (Knopf, 2012)
Morrison's novel follows a Korean War veteran, Frank Money, as he remembers violent memories from his past. Frank Money seeks out to find his sister, Cee, who he left behind.
Thornton Wilder, Our Town (Harper Classics,  2003])
Wilder's three-act play takes place in Grover's Corner, New Hampshire. It depicts the life of classic, small-town families.