Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
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Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HATE by Arjun Singh Sethi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A useful book for those aiming to combat latter-day bigotry, with its many targets and manifestations."
Firsthand reports on hate crime and its victims in the age of Trump. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A valuable portrait of a society moving toward fulfilling 'the promises of freedom and democracy' of the Arab Spring—but with a way to go still."
Former New York Times Cairo bureau chief Kirkpatrick delivers a sharply detailed firsthand look at Tahrir Square and its aftershocks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An astute, unvarnished account that should stand out from the crowd of pro- and anti-law enforcement books."
An impassioned memoir focused on policing's fraught relationship with communities of color and other marginalized groups. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Duncan's heart is in the right place—he's for kids and against lies—but the specifics of his analysis remain open to debate."
The former Secretary of Education makes an impassioned plea for school reform. Read full book review >

A FUTURE OF FAITH by Pope Francis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Catholic readers will find Francis' words to be of great interest—and, for the pre-Vatican II crowd, perhaps controversial."
In dialogue with a French sociologist and writer, Pope Francis (Happiness in This Life, 2017, etc.) reveals some of his recent episcopal and ecumenical concerns. Read full book review >
WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA? by Stephanie Feldman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 27, 2018

"A heartfelt and thoughtful collection."
Feldman (The Angel of Losses, 2014) and Popkin (Everything Is Borrowed, 2018, etc.) gather a medley of diverse voices to reflect on politics, society, and culture in contemporary America. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2018

"A compelling case study on the political effects of collective closed-mindedness."
A historical account of the effects of McCarthyism in the state of Vermont. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A funny, fierce, and bold memoir in essays."
A gay black journalist gets personal about race, religion, and sexuality in America. Read full book review >
NOW MY HEART IS FULL by Laura June
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"If nonfiction can be considered chick lit, this one deserves the label."
A too self-indulgent memoir in which the writer shows how the birth of a daughter changed her life and her relationship with her own long-dead mother. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2018

"A penetrating probe into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood sporting stories of our time."
A fascinating investigation into the role of football in American Samoan culture and the role of Samoans in American football. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"An empathetic look at a community forging its future as it keeps a tenuous hold on its past."
The struggles of a town in transition reveal ongoing changes in American life. 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 >