Social Sciences Book Reviews

DRUNKS by Christopher M. Finan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy treatment of recovery movements in American history, unsung heroes and all."
An appropriately harrowing account of booze and its discontents. Read full book review >
TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD by Anne Helen Petersen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, compelling collection of social and cultural criticism."
A BuzzFeed culture writer examines how some high-profile women defy cultural stereotypes about femininity. Read full book review >

THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >
HAVE BLACK LIVES EVER MATTERED? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2017

"A collection to rally the believers into action rather than persuade doubters or skeptics."
A series of manifestoes in black and white, without any shades of gray. Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >

GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS by Camille T. Dungy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Forthright, entertaining, often potent essays that successfully intertwine personal history and historical context regarding black and white in America."
A poet explores her experiences as a mother, teacher, black woman, and "conscientious outsider." Read full book review >
YOUNG RADICALS by Jeremy  McCarter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A brisk pace and sympathetic portraits make for an entertaining, well-researched history of a decade marked by ebullience, hope, and pain."
In the decade before World War I, five rebellious Americans took up the cause of socialism, progressivism, and women's suffrage. Read full book review >
THE SPIRITUALITY OF AWE by Kirk J.  Schneider
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A cogent plea to neither reject nor embrace technology but to try instead to look beyond it."
A psychologist weighs in on the spiritual potential of computers and social media. Read full book review >
MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY by Brandon  Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the 21st century."
Race and identity loom large in Harris' highly personal and equally cerebral retrospective of his early days treading the streets of Brooklyn. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A sharp and informative guide to communication."
A distinguished actor and communication expert shows how to avoid "the snags of misunderstanding" that plague verbal interactions between human beings. Read full book review >
WATCHING PORN by Lynsey  G.
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An intelligent, provocative, and indulgent insider's view of the contemporary porn industry."
An accidental porn journalist reflects on her role mining the sex and politics of the adult film industry. Read full book review >
THE LEAST AMONG US by Rosa L.  DeLauro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizens."
What is the purpose of government? As longtime Connecticut congresswoman DeLauro answers quite simply, the purpose is to use legislative power to protect, aid, and fight for the country's most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. 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 >