Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: April 10, 2018

"A powerful text that floods the mind with illumination—and with agonizing questions."
Ehrenreich (Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything, 2014, etc.) returns with research and rumination on the complexity of our human bodies and the misconceptions of our minds. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF HATE by Sally Kohn
Released: April 10, 2018

"An uplifting and inspiring plea to promote peace, kindness, and humanitarianism in the face of hate."
An examination of what motivates hateful behavior and how to challenge it with positive and empathic attitudes and intercourse. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Sage counsel to help readers better navigate the trajectories of their own relationships."
A divorce lawyer imparts his unique perspective on successful relationships. Read full book review >
AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING by Meaghan O'Connell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A well-written book that provides refreshingly candid insight into the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy and early motherhood, times that are both 'traumatic [and] transcendent.'"
Navigating the ups and downs of being a new mother. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2018

"Belew's impressive research effectively supports her hypothesis. A good launching point for even further intensive study."
Belew (History/Univ. of Chicago) pieces together evidence from primary and secondary sources to argue that the racist, anti-government, heavily armed white power movement is not what it seems. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Informative biographical essays of influential women."
A group biography of women who created profound cultural changes. Read full book review >
INSANE by Alisa Roth
Released: April 3, 2018

"An eye-opening book that cries out for change—but can policymakers show the resolve to make that change?"
A searing exposé about the criminalization of mental illness that features a simple underlying theme that a society attempting the same disastrous policies over and over but expecting a different outcome is where the actual craziness resides. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
CAN'T HELP MYSELF by Meredith Goldstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A witty, entertaining memoir offering guidance on the precarious integration of life and love."
A relationship columnist fuses sage advice with dispatches from her own personal life. Read full book review >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An entertaining and educational analysis of how toddlers learn and why specific TV shows are actually useful for preschoolers."
A children's TV programming creator shares her insights into how toddlers learn. 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 >