Social Sciences Book Reviews

GOD AND JETFIRE by Amy Seek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"An unflinching look at the consequences and rewards of open adoption, written with care and precision."
If giving up a child for adoption leaves a void in the mother's life, what happens when she remains an active part of the child's life afterward? That void must be carried with her. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 14, 2015

"Reading this book would be a great first step toward further civil rights progress."
An examination of how the Americans with Disabilities Act came about, 25 years after the legislation passed into law. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A freedom fighter's passionate memoir from the trenches."
A victim of Nazi terror who became a Freedom Summer volunteer in rural Mississippi re-creates the conviction of the activists' early civil rights struggles. Read full book review >
THE DRUMMOND GIRLS by Mardi Jo Link
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A moving, honest, and laughter-filled account of eight women who gather one weekend every year and enjoy themselves to the fullest."
Loyalty and friendship among eight women. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015

"This moving, potent testament might have been titled 'Black Lives Matter.' Or: 'An American Tragedy.'"
The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 7, 2015

"The author believes that anyone willing to change will be able to do so, and his reassuring tone and plethora of case histories offer considered advice and generous encouragement."
It's good to feel good about yourself. Read full book review >
TEAM GENIUS by Richard Karlgaard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intriguing counter to the excesses of both individualism and organizations."
An exploration of the importance of teams in human activity. Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY UNION by Paul Moses
HISTORY
Released: July 3, 2015

"A brisk, well-researched look at a significant part of New York's boisterous past."
How two ethnic groups made peace. Read full book review >
THE HILLARY DOCTRINE by Valerie M. Hudson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 2015

"A sound study that carries an urgent message."
A compelling argument for women's rights. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SHUFU by Tracy Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A heartfelt and moving tale, coupling insights into two remarkably different cultures with a love story that, as much as any true love story can, delivers a happy ending."
A writer goes to the far side of the world for work and finds a home. Read full book review >
HOW PROPAGANDA WORKS by Jason Stanley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 24, 2015

"Laymen beware, but curious and disciplined readers will find a useful examination of propaganda's pervasiveness."
An academic analysis of the ways in which propaganda still functions and influences ideology in contemporary society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 23, 2015

"Few general readers will choose to wade through this lengthy, scathing report, but every American should be familiar with its findings."
A government report reveals Ferguson, Missouri's failed system. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >