Business & Economics Book Reviews

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 >
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: Dec. 1, 2017

"An economics degree isn't required to follow the authors' nuanced argument, but it would surely help. Recommended reading for venture capitalists and investment counselors."
A searching, technical examination of the arrival of a kind of economy in which much of what is produced is abstract, symbolic, and speculative. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lively, perceptive refresher course on the politics of pot."
A comprehensive history of marijuana legalization in America. 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 >

GLOBAL DISCONTENTS by Noam Chomsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Well-informed salvos to please or enrage, depending on one's politics."
The well-known left-wing intellectual holds forth on global developments of the past five years, from Edward Snowden's disclosures on government surveillance to Donald Trump's efforts to "make America great again." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry."
Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A solid work of labor history that offers valuable lessons for other activists and organizers."
A scholarly study of an effort by Florida farmworkers to improve working conditions by building partnerships along the supply chain. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Something to leave under the tree for that relative who can't get enough of Ayn Rand, insistent that there are values to cherish other than selfishness."
"Overeducated cartoonist" Gonick, the pen behind numerous cartoon guides to scientific and historical subjects (The Cartoon History of the Universe, etc.), returns with this look at the reigning economic system of the day. 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 >
BAD JOBS AND POOR DECISIONS by J.R. Helton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A series of scattered 'dispatches' that fail to cohere."
Helton (The Jugheads, 2014, etc.) wanders through a series of reminiscences of drugged states, dead-end jobs, and "writing feverishly," trying to make it as an author. 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 >