Business & Economics Book Reviews

THE CULTURE CODE by Daniel Coyle
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Nothing world-shaking, but a good thing to stuff into the briefcase for the next train or plane ride."
Pop science meets a business pep talk in a useful primer on building better organizations. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-documented and fresh perspective on Muslim society."
How an influx of working women is changing the Muslim world. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A fresh, lightly written look at issues noteworthy for their complexity; just the book for the budding economist in the house."
Of economic growth and its discontents—and of new ways to gauge all of them. Read full book review >
PIPE DREAMS by Erin Banco
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources."
Star-Ledger investigative reporter Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >

THE TYRANNY OF METRICS by Jerry Z. Muller
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A monkey wrench in the works of HR, bean-counting, and other such enterprises and a pleasure for contrarians in a hypernumerate world."
For every quantification, there's a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability and other "knowledge that seems solid but that is actually deceptive." Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A weighty and robust history of a people disappeared from their own community."
The life, death, and diaspora of an American community. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"As the author shows, chasing prosperity is rather different from catching prosperity."
An exploration of contemporary Mozambique, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Read full book review >
THE PROCRASTINATION ECONOMY by Ethan Tussey
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Though the observations encompass the general populace, this intermittently interesting study aims at an academic market rather than a lay readership."
A dense analysis of mobile devices and how they have blurred the lines between public and private spaces. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDE by Jason Hickel
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Sure to distress the neoliberals in the audience but a powerful case for reform in the cause of economic justice."
A sharply argued analysis of the traditional explanations for wealth and poverty in the world, offering a program for easing misery while addressing structural inequalities. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Informative and often entertaining—good reading for anyone looking into the crystal ball for a glimpse of the world a quarter-century from now."
Travels in the China of the aspiring, wanting young. 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 >