Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

SUBSTITUTE by Nicholson Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An affecting (long-exposure) snapshot revealing real-life concerns."
The eminent Maine-based author chronicles his lively, maddening month substitute teaching in the local public schools. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An intriguing assessment of the effectiveness of a variety of global parenting customs."
A close examination of parenting practices across the globe. Read full book review >

EXILED IN AMERICA by Christopher Dum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Dum's scholarly apparatus is on full display, which will please specialists but should not deter general readers. His exceptional view of what's happening to the weakest among us deserves a place on the same shelf with Matthew Desmond's groundbreaking book Evicted (2016)."
Dum (Sociology/Kent State Univ.) debuts with an ethnographic study of a year in the life of a residential motel. Read full book review >
GRAND HOTEL ABYSS by Stuart Jeffries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A rich, intellectually meaty history."
Life inside the 20th-century's reigning citadel of pessimism, as told through the lives and (often conflicting) philosophies of its key thinkers. Read full book review >
WORDS ON THE MOVE by John McWhorter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"As in most of his books, McWhorter proves to be a well-informed and cheerful guide to linguistics."
A brisk look at how and why words change. Read full book review >

MY SON WEARS HEELS by Julie Tarney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A fearlessly open and frank memoir."
The mother of a gender creative child reflects on the unique path of his development from childhood to adulthood. Read full book review >
AGAINST DEMOCRACY by Jason Brennan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sure to cause howls of disagreement, but in the current toxic partisan climate, Brennan's polemic is as worth weighing as any other."
A brash, well-argued diatribe against the democratic system. Read full book review >
FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raassi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A rare book equally likely to appeal to fans of Project Runway and students of contemporary Middle Eastern cultural history."
Fashion designer Raassi looks back on her years growing up in Tehran and her attempts to grow a business in the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"The narrative demonstrates a clear progression from a woman's dream for a model school to that reality, which has made a huge impact in its neighborhood and across the country."
The methods one principal used to create a safe learning environment for her students. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Few of Ingall's useful, reader-friendly prescriptions would be out of place in a goyish child development manual, but the flavor is echt Jewish and plenty tasty at that."
Forget the tiger mom. What an aspiring superchild—or just a mensch, even—needs is a good Jewish mother. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH by Tom Wolfe
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Typically, Wolfe throws a Molotov cocktail at conventional wisdom in a book that won't settle any argument but is sure to start some."
A fresh look at an old controversy, as a master provocateur suggests that human language renders the theory of evolution more like a fable than scientific fact. Read full book review >
RAMPAGE NATION by Louis Klarevas
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A deeply researched, clearly written study that educates while it horrifies."
Klarevas (Global Affairs/Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston) shares his research showing that mass shootings are more common than widely believed but can be decreased by addressing the conditions common to all the massacres. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >