Business & Economics Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >
THE EFFICIENCY PARADOX by Edward Tenner
Released: April 17, 2018

"Of a piece with recent critiques of technological overreach, and among the best of them."
A bite on the data-driven hand that feeds the system. Read full book review >

COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER by Jim Tselikis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pleasant, somewhat perfunctory, but worthwhile, especially for those looking to get into the food truck game."
A snappy memoir/how-to-start-a-business manual. Read full book review >
THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >

NO IMMEDIATE DANGER by William T. Vollmann
Released: April 10, 2018

"Vollmann promises a second volume to come—and perhaps more beyond that. Only the irradiated future will tell."
Vollmann (The Dying Grass, 2015, etc.) apologizes to the future that we've ruined, charting how our choices of energy sources made the planet scarcely inhabitable. Read full book review >
CAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE GLOBAL CAPITALISM? by Robert Kuttner
Released: April 10, 2018

"Capitalism as we know it today is anti-democratic—and not likely to relinquish power without a fight. A useful resource for setting agendas."
Democracy and the world's dominant economic system are at loggerheads. So argues American Prospect co-founder Kuttner (Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility, 2013, etc.) in this vigorous critique. Read full book review >
BUILDING AND DWELLING by Richard Sennett
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A concise, upbeat guide for women who have grown bored or impatient with their positions as well as for those new to the professional world and its leadership roles."
Leadership coaches counsel professional women on how to free themselves from unproductive patterns of behavior that sabotage their career advancement. Read full book review >
TO THE PROMISED LAND by Michael K. Honey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Less a revisionist history of King than a worthy look at a seldom-documented portion of his agenda."
A former civil rights organizer continues his studies about Martin Luther King Jr. by focusing on King's insistence that all Americans receive a living wage for their work. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Longer on description than prescription but a provocative work of social criticism."
"In places where jobs disappear, society falls apart": a sobering portrait of a crumbling polity. 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 >