Social Sciences Book Reviews

THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that will challenge readers as much as the author has challenged herself."
A fiercely provocative and intellectually audacious memoir that focuses on motherhood, love and gender fluidity. Read full book review >
KEEP IT FAKE by Eric G. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An elliptical, provocative meditation that reads as much like a catharsis as a manifesto."
The counterargument to the cliché of "keep it real." Read full book review >

UNDER THE BUS by Caroline Fredrickson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 5, 2015

"Informative, occasionally shocking exploration of the state of women's rights in the workplace."
Examination of the inequalities women still face in the workforce. Read full book review >
WHY GROW UP? by Susan Neiman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A scholarly, persuasive assessment of the significance of achieving mental and social maturity."
Moral philosopher and Einstein Forum director Neiman (Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, 2008) examines the conundrum of juvenescence versus coming of age. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"New science or a leap of faith? Either way, nurturing spirituality in your children may save them a world of pain."
A reassuring and instructive lesson in spiritual parenting that strives, but only partially succeeds, to cement the link between science and spirituality. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Waggish and occasionally wise, the strong-minded author delivers a potent dose of motherly advice and experience."
How one woman returned to more old-fashioned parenting skills to raise her children. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED by Jillian Lauren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lauren's writing is brave and honest, and she calls out hypocrisy wherever she sees it and shines a light on the challenges faced during the adoption process."
Exploring how we see identity through the process of adoption. Read full book review >
NAKED by Brian S. Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"An original, well-researched study that would have benefited from a livelier writing style."
A history professor's sweeping sociolegal examination of the American nudist movement from its early-20th-century beginnings. Read full book review >
HOW CHAMPIONS THINK by Bob Rotella
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 5, 2015

"A solid motivational text for the sports-minded and those interested in the bridging of athletics and exceptionalism."
The author of a series of mindful golfing guides further explores how to think like a champion. Read full book review >
AFTERWAR by Nancy Sherman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2015

"A piercing course in sensitivity training to build a moral community upon re-entry into society. For a similar but more character-driven tale, see Helen Thorpe's Soldier Girls (2014)."
Sherman (Philosophy/Georgetown Univ.; The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers, 2010, etc.) describes the many and varied struggles for inner pace after returning from war.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2015

"This valuable look at a national tragedy demands the attention of policymakers."
The overlooked plight of American-born children of undocumented immigrants. Read full book review >
BLENDED by Samantha Waltz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2015

"These writings inform, wrestle with, and embrace these questions and more."
Writers of all stripes explore the experience of being part of a stepfamily. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >