Social Sciences Book Reviews

THE SOUL OF THE MARIONETTE by John Gray
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 19, 2015

"A brief, elliptical inquiry designed to raise more questions than anyone could answer."
Within the debate between Christian and atheist authors, here come the Gnostics. Read full book review >
THE WELL-TUNED BRAIN by Peter C. Whybrow
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 18, 2015

"'To reshape the future we need first to better understand and reshape ourselves,' writes Whybrow, and he offers a running start."
Whybrow (Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/UCLA; American Mania: When More Is Not Enough, 2005) addresses significant issues related to the navigation toward a more meaningful life.Read full book review >

MISBEHAVING by Richard H. Thaler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 2015

"Readers with even the remotest interest in how the world really works will enjoy this work of the dismal science pleasingly, and even exuberantly, done."
The dean of behavioral economics—the study of how people behave in practice rather than in theory when it comes to dollars and cents—gives a spry account of his field. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 13, 2015

"Leach strikes the right balance between a hard-nosed examination of the data and a compassionate, let's-make-this-work pragmatism. This will allow parents to shore up their children's stability when it may feel like everything else is crumbling down."
A guide to managing the fallout for children when parents choose to separate and divorce. Read full book review >
BREAKING THE MALE CODE by Robert Garfield
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Informative but hardly groundbreaking."
Methods for fostering and enhancing relationships between men. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A useful hands-on resource for development visionaries."
How an unlikely 15-year partnership between an American college graduate and a South African schoolteacher created a model nonprofit to help stabilize and educate children in the poorest townships. Read full book review >
THE HAPPINESS INDUSTRY by William Davies
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Skillfully written intellectual entertainment—prime fodder for postmodern psychologists and New-Age thinkers alike."
Durable reportage on governmental and commercial attempts to influence and propagate national well-being. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Well-documented and easy-to-comprehend data on why men need more paid time off to be with their newborn children."
Using his personal experience as a jumping-off point, journalist and "dad columnist" Levs examines the need for more paternity leave in the United States. Read full book review >
THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER by DW Gibson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Not quite Terkel or Jane Jacobs redux, but Gibson delivers adequate sociology about current urban life, with the edgy, pungent flavor of the Big Apple."
A New York journalist finds the vox populi of the metropolis in regard to the vexing problem of gentrification.Read full book review >
WAGES OF REBELLION by Chris Hedges
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Like early-20th-century muckraking journalists and, more recently, I.F. Stone, Hedges makes a boisterous, outspoken contribution to revolutionizing the national conversation."
A call for a new American revolution. Read full book review >
GROW YOUR VALUE by Mika Brzezinski
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"An inspiring evaluation of the potential women have to create fully productive lives at home and at work."
Constructive advice for women on the work-life balance. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >