Business & Economics Book Reviews

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 >
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A sturdy but narrowly focused tale of American history."
A family's history reveals the roots of America's "capitalist ethos." Read full book review >

RAMP HOLLOW by Steven Stoll
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Which is better, cornfields or clean coal? Stoll's sharp book complicates our understanding of a much-misunderstood, much-maligned region that deserves better than it has received."
A searching economic and political history of a dispossessed, impoverished Appalachia that progress has long eluded. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mossfon remains a maze worthy of a Cretan palace, but Bernstein does first-rate work in providing a map to a scandal that has yet to unfold completely."
A searching look at the tangled, deeply buried financial network exposed by the publication of the so-called Panama Papers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fierce and persuasive call to action that demands women, especially millennials, rethink the relationship between maternity and career ambitions."
An impassioned guide for working women, especially working mothers, to dismantling the patriarchal systems that hold them back at work and at home, as told by a woman who shattered the mold. 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: 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 >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An aggressively researched toy story on the 'doll-eat-doll world of litigation over inspiration.'"
Exploring the little-known battle for the Barbie doll empire. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Harris still has plenty to learn, but he provides an informative study of why the millennial generation faces more struggles than expected, despite the hard work they've invested in moving ahead."
A millennial writer talks about the coming crises his generation will face. 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 >
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 >