Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An epic story of a people who have been, and remain, central to the life of New York City."
The long, complex story of Jews in Gotham. Read full book review >

THE END OF POLICING by Alex  Vitale
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book."
Why better training of police officers is inadequate to reduce strained relations between law enforcement and minority or impoverished communities and why it is necessary to completely rethink the role of police in America. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE by Andrew O'Hagan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Three well-written but fleeting vignettes from some of the darkest edges of the internet."
Three intriguing pieces of journalism about the new threats of a digital age. Read full book review >
WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >

THE STATE OF AFFAIRS by Esther  Perel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Poignant stories of couples facing the aftermath of an affair and the highly knowledgeable analysis and advice they received from a well-trained couples' therapist."
A veteran therapist's approach to thinking about extramarital affairs. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO SLEEPING DRAGON by Michael Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Some of the impressions are dated, but the majority are charming and revealing."
Impressions of China from an experienced guide. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential—and highly pleasurable—reading for anyone who cares about ideas and innovation."
How we create. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH by Van Jones
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen?"
An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020. Read full book review >
MIDLIFE by Kieran  Setiya
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A self-help book with a strong—but not heavy-handed—philosophical foundation."
A philosopher offers practical advice on how to navigate one's way through middle age and beyond. Read full book review >
THE AWAKENED WOMAN by Tererai Trent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An empowering story coupled with easy-to-navigate steps that can help any woman achieve her full potential."
An African woman buries her written dreams in the dirt and makes them come true. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fascinating exploration of the importance of the outdoors to childhood development."
A Swedish woman contrasts child-raising styles in the United States and Sweden. 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 >