Business & Economics Book Reviews

RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION by Thomas Frank
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 19, 2018

"Flaws aside, the book is worth perusing, primarily for its keen analysis of why the Democrats have come up short in recent election cycles. The party's powers that be would be wise to read up."
A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture. Read full book review >
TENEMENTAL by Vikki Warner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Refreshingly original reading."
An acquisitions editor and freelance writer tells the story of how she became the owner and landlady of a century-old New England tenement home. Read full book review >

GIGGED by Sarah Kessler
Released: June 12, 2018

"A fair-minded analysis of the ever morphing worldwide labor force—an early entry in burgeoning popular literature on the gig economy."
An examination of how job environment models and opportunities have evolved, mainly through the success of Uber and other gig-economy stalwarts. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A vigorous study of how school reform requires vigilance, collaboration, and a capacious definition of true learning."
Corporate reformers undermine public education. Read full book review >
AMITY AND PROSPERITY by Eliza Griswold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A solid addition to the burgeoning literature on the social and health-related effects of fracking."
Griswold (The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, 2010, etc.) immerses herself with a few Pennsylvania families in rural areas near Pittsburgh to chronicle their life-threatening battles against the fracking industry. Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 2018

"A brisk and thought-provoking anatomy of shopping in the 21st century."
A study of the fraught world of retail in the age of Amazon. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A bright, informative take on an industry in turmoil."
How technological change has "convulsed" the advertising industry. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A pleasure for the fiscally minded and a good introduction to applied economics for readers with a smattering of theory."
Invisible hand, meet trickle-down: a lightly learned but deep-reaching look at classic economic problems through the lens of classical economics. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world."
Journalistic account of the rush to develop the Amazon rainforest and its cost in human lives. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An evenhanded, reasoned contribution to an overheated discussion."
No border wall can impede an inescapable fact: Mexico and the United States are inextricably joined to one another culturally, economically, and politically. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A solid demonstration of why those who have a taste for lobster rolls better eat up while they can."
An environmental journalist turns in a somber story of vanishing fisheries and ways of life Down East. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A revealing, on-the-ground report that ably shows that the real looters after disaster are not the poor."
Activist and journalist Klein (No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, 2017, etc.) looks at the "shock doctrine" as it is now unfolding in the ruins of Puerto Rico.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >