Business & Economics Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"A spirited critique of what Russell Jacoby has called the 'culture of endless talk,' of a piece with Jackson Lears' Fables of Abundance (1995) and Rachel Maines' Hedonizing Technologies (2009)."
In war and its commercial counterpart, we have long lived inside a "culture of consultation." So writes Nation contributing editor Featherstone (Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart, 2004, etc.) in this intriguing look at the rise of the focus group. 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

"A solid debut book providing intriguing insights into the current state of China's sociocultural system."
A revealing look at some of the women who are changing the way China operates. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A solid start to an essential, gender-inclusive conversation."
A sweeping, salient survey of the gender gap in corporate America. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Hardly revolutionary, but sensible advice on how to nurture creativity."
Examining the lives of serial innovators reveals strong commonalities. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING by Bryan Mealer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A big, eminently readable story, deftly spun even if with few surprises."
A tale of boom and bust—but mostly bust—in the always-beckoning oil fields of Texas. Read full book review >
BROTOPIA by Emily Chang
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thorough, important examination of the often sleazy, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley."
An in-depth analysis of the tech-industry brotherhood. 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 >