Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An unsparing exposé of white supremacy among Northern elites."
How a 1960s-era campaign to open beaches to the public exposed Connecticut's deeply entrenched racism. Read full book review >

THE BURNING HOUSE by Anders Walker
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers unfamiliar with the anti-integration culture might find some of the invective difficult to process, but Walker skillfully presents his interpretations of his subjects' writing."
A law professor takes on the history of racial integration in the United States by focusing on well-known intellectuals who questioned whether integration was wise or desirable for African-Americans. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Programmers, social engineers, and management consultants are among the many audiences for this useful, thought-provoking book."
If it can be built, it can fall apart: a cautionary study in how complex systems can easily go awry. Read full book review >
ONE KISS OR TWO? by Andy Scott
Released: March 20, 2018

"A fresh, spirited look at cultural differences."
What accounts for the quirky variety of first encounters? Read full book review >

CLASS MATTERS by Steve Fraser
Released: March 20, 2018

"Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are."
An examination of the concept and reality of class in a putatively classless nation. Read full book review >
PATRIOT NUMBER ONE by Lauren Hilgers
Released: March 20, 2018

"This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting immensely from those who arrive from other shores."
Affecting portrait of a Chinese dissident who found a home among like-minded democrats in faraway New York. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Good ammunition for contrarians and well grounded in scholarly research."
Just say no: an examination of how the naysayers in the audience can help individuals and organizations make better decisions. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
An investigative report exposes rampant workplace sexual abuse against female immigrant workers. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"A useful gathering of solid assessments of young children and the educational systems available to them."
How to ensure the best education possible for school-age children. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"At a moment when women's experiences in the workplace have come to the fore, Hirsch's eye-opening study of gender-based disparity surrounding illness will hopefully help spawn a similar reckoning for women's health."
Part memoir and part sociomedical inquiry, veteran journalist Hirsch's first book explores the many physical and emotional challenges faced by young women confronted with serious illnesses. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN'S HOUR by Elaine Weiss
Released: March 6, 2018

"Although the outcome of the Tennessee drama is obvious—after all, we all know the amendment was ratified—Weiss expertly builds the suspense, and the closeness of the eventual vote by the Tennessee legislature adds to the drama."
A history of the political battle in Tennessee in 1920 over the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 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 >