Books by Terry Williams

TEENAGE SUICIDE NOTES by Terry Williams
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Unquestionably hard to read but an important, veil-lifting book."
A sociologist collects candid, pain-drenched statements from teens who have attempted suicide and offers suggestions on how to help them. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
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Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >
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Released: March 31, 1994

"Rewarding for its glimpses into the real lives and thoughts of black adolescents in the city, otherwise diffuse and unconvincing."
This compilation of observations, journal entries, and conversations sets out to prove that New York's City's housing projects do not deserve their reputation as ``drug-infested war zones.'' Sociologists Williams (New School; Crack House, 1992, etc.) and Kornblum (CUNY; co-author, Growing Up Poor, 1985) set up the Harlem Writer's Crew, recruiting young people who lived in low- income housing projects in Harlem—the ``'jects''—to keep journals. Read full book review >
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Released: June 1, 1992

"Compelling ethnography with a rare moral core, important for its clear, persuasive message that these lost souls are victims, worthy of our compassion."
Williams, whose The Cocaine Kids (1989) so vividly depicted the world of young N.Y.C. coke dealers, now reports with equal skill and caring on the subterranean depths inhabited by their customers. Read full book review >