Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize
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Becoming Ms. Burton named 2017 winner!

Becoming Ms. Burton [The New Press, May 2017], a searing account of substance abuse and mass incarceration, has won the first Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice.

Susan Burton’s memoir, written with Cari Lynn, traces her life from an abusive childhood through teen motherhood – and the tragic loss of her 5-year-old son to a hit-and-run driver. With no access to counseling for her grief, Burton self-medicated with alcohol and cocaine. Six prison terms later, she finally got the treatment she needed and began to heal.  Now Burton runs a network of safe houses in Los Angeles that help formerly incarcerated women start new lives through education and employment.

From left: Douglas Bauer; Tara Grove, education editor at The New Press; Dr. Roderick L. Jones, executive director of Goddard Riverside; Michael Zisser; Ellen Adler, publisher at The New Press; Paul Krugman