Business & Economics Book Reviews

REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Both an informative work for general readers and a page-turning seminar for would-be writers of narrative nonfiction."
A bracing natural history of coffee. Read full book review >

BIG MIND by Geoff  Mulgan
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An essential primer on an important new discipline."
How thought happens on a large scale. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sharp, thoughtful, sometimes-surprising account of how we build trust with strangers now."
How technology is changing our attitudes toward trust. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For finance wonks, a good-as-gold tome as imposing as the institution it covers—and with every promise of enduring accordingly."
Social historian Kynaston (Modernity Britain: 1957-1962, 2014, etc.) moves into fiscal realms with this overstuffed history of one of the world's most important financial institutions. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An uneven treatment of a topic that merits further study."
An alarming, and often alarmist, survey of how spending by consumers might support terrorist organizations and organized crime enterprises, especially drug cartels. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Humans are makers, the author argues persuasively in this illuminating book, in need of renewed connection to the intelligence and ingenuity of craft."
Tracing human existence from prehistory on, a historian celebrates resourcefulness and skill. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2017

"On the dry side but with provocative suggestions for how to revive democratic practices through citizen action and institutional reform alike."
Gridlock, inaction, inequality: is it any wonder that democracy seems an endangered species in the U.S. and elsewhere? Read full book review >
DOLLARS AND SENSE by Dan Ariely
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A user-friendly and often entertaining treatise on how to be a more discerning, vastly more aware handler of money."
A lively look at how even the wisest among us are too often fools eager to part with our money. Read full book review >
TROUBLEMAKERS by Leslie  Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, skillfully constructed work of business and technological history."
Looking back on Silicon Valley's early years, when magic was brewing in the suburbs of the Bay Area. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Solid, positively delivered advice for job seekers and job holders everywhere."
Choose wisely, grasshopper: in the workaday world, jobs and needs are changing, and everything rides on whether you forecast those changes correctly—and whether you listen. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Fruitful reading for trend-spotters and entrepreneurs, who will find much grist for their mills."
Demographics and economics meet in this oddly cheering book about the world's aging population. 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 >