Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: June 19, 2018

"An affecting, timely book that would have benefited from tighter editing and a less scattered narrative structure."
A mix of memoir and deep research into various Mexican and American political immigration issues, exploring complications of life on both sides of the border. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"A memoir that would have radiated greater power as a long-form magazine article."
Still in his early 20s, Wood chronicles his arduous upbringing as a black male, including his 15 minutes of fame (so far) while a college student. Read full book review >

Released: June 19, 2018

"A solid academic study offering scant hope for the future."
Copious survey research and statistical analysis about why the divide between Republican and Democratic voters is more contentious than ever and how that affects not only the presidency and Congress, but also state and local elections. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords—a winning argument all its own."
In a book whose title says it all, technoprophet Lanier (Dawn of the New Everything, 2017, etc.) weighs in against predatory technoprofit. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 2018

"An inspiring, provocative encouragement to younger generations to exercise political clout."
A spirited critique of American politicians' treatment of younger generations, and a plan of action for youth empowerment. Read full book review >

TENEMENTAL by Vikki Warner
Released: June 12, 2018

"Refreshingly original reading."
An acquisitions editor and freelance writer tells the story of how she became the owner and landlady of a century-old New England tenement home. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"Parents and educators will discover a wealth of information to inspire and help 'make childhood a better place.'"
An informative road map for those who want to maximize their children's material environment. Read full book review >
GIGGED by Sarah Kessler
Released: June 12, 2018

"A fair-minded analysis of the ever morphing worldwide labor force—an early entry in burgeoning popular literature on the gig economy."
An examination of how job environment models and opportunities have evolved, mainly through the success of Uber and other gig-economy stalwarts. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A vigorous study of how school reform requires vigilance, collaboration, and a capacious definition of true learning."
Corporate reformers undermine public education. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A provocative addition to a vast literature: Jarausch's history complicates our understanding of German society during the early decades of the 20th century."
A revealing study of the lives of "ordinary Germans" under the Third Reich and its aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A brisk and thought-provoking anatomy of shopping in the 21st century."
A study of the fraught world of retail in the age of Amazon. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 2018

"A relevant, fiery, and dizzying treatise certain to provoke debate and discussion."
A provocative report on the progress of LGBTQ rights. 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 >