Social Sciences Book Reviews

HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >

THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >

ALT-RIGHT by Mike Wendling
Released: April 15, 2018

"A thoughtful distillation of research that is sadly relevant to our current political moment."
The factions and personalities behind the so-called alt-right, associated both with a white nationalist resurgence and Donald Trump. Read full book review >
SPEAK FREELY by Keith E. Whittington
Released: April 13, 2018

"In the current divisive political climate, Whittington shows why safeguarding the civil exchange of diverse ideas is an urgent need."
A timely defense of intellectual debate and critical thinking. Read full book review >
SHARP by Michelle Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A useful take on significant writers 'in a world that was not eager to hear women's opinions about anything.'"
A debut book about the works of 20th-century women whose lives had a deep impact on culture. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"An incisive history of the futility of censorship."
The combative life of a man who "spread shame." Read full book review >
BUILDING AND DWELLING by Richard Sennett
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An instructive book that attempts to extend the message of brotherhood and compassion that has been forged from tragedy."
Tragedy opens a dialogue between a former white supremacist and an Indian immigrant whose father was killed in a massacre at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A concise, upbeat guide for women who have grown bored or impatient with their positions as well as for those new to the professional world and its leadership roles."
Leadership coaches counsel professional women on how to free themselves from unproductive patterns of behavior that sabotage their career advancement. 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 >