Social Sciences Book Reviews

A COLONY IN A NATION by Chris Hayes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice."
Profound contrasts in policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas. Read full book review >
NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE by Ron Powers
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >

INSIDE MY PENCIL by Peter Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An inventive and inspiring memoir from an innovative educator."
A fiction writer chronicles his journey teaching Detroit children to use words to give flight to their imaginations. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 21, 2017

"A compelling history of a nation grappling with the moral and legal freedoms that the founders strived to ensure."
Sexual expression, obscenity, contraception, and abortion are the focus of this wide-ranging legal, political, and social history. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO HATE YOUR HUSBAND AFTER KIDS by Jancee Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A highly readable account of how solid research and personal testing of self-help techniques saved a couple's marriage after the birth of their child."
Self-help advice and personal reflections on avoiding spousal fights while raising children. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A strong case that deserves a wider readership than just policy wonks."
An examination of economic inequality—unsurprisingly, the title refers to race as well as economic class. Read full book review >
THE CREATIVE SPARK by Agustín Fuentes
HISTORY
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though the science can get a little lite, this offers an informative, readable introduction to recent scholarship on the anthropology of creativity."
An anthropologist ponders the better angels of our nature—the ones armed with paintbrushes, notebooks, cameras, and plowshares. Read full book review >
UTOPIA FOR REALISTS by Rutger Bregman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Raise the minimum wage? No. Give everyone a basic income, smash the machines, and work a couple of days per week—that's the ticket. A provocative pleasure to contemplate."
A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth. Read full book review >
FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN by Camille Paglia
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Controversial views on women's lives and nature that may appeal to Paglia's fans but not win her many more."
Essays, reviews, and interviews chronicle the career of a self-described "libertarian feminist." Read full book review >
TEETH by Mary Otto
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A focused, well-researched depiction of the dental industry's social and cultural relevance and its dire need for reform."
An astute examination of the complex, insular business of oral health care. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"The book will have some appeal for certain sectors of the sociology community, but it is likely too narrowly focused to reach a wider audience."
New York-born, Toronto-based writer Bovy debuts with an exploration of how the idea of "privilege" has morphed over the years and now "plays an enormous role in the online shaming culture." Read full book review >
BEYOND $15 by Jonathan Rosenblum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"An inspiring model for coalition-building."
A veteran (30-plus years) labor organizer tells the story of the Seattle-Tacoma area's successful $15-per-hour minimum wage campaign and looks forward to a future revival of the labor movement. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >