Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

HOW NOT TO BE A BOY by Robert Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Intermittently funny but ultimately a frustrating missed opportunity."
In this debut work of nonfiction, Webb leaves his performance stage to examine "general expectations of manhood" and tell the stories that have made his life interesting. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A momentous work of sociological and civil rights history."
A history of the 1973 events that set a club in New Orleans—and the gay community—on fire. Read full book review >

TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work."
An eerie and uncanny collection of essays. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >

ONE DAY YOU'LL THANK ME by David McGlynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A father tells timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys."
A father shares stories of his childhood and those of his two sons. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"An eloquent response to an urgent—and still-unresolved—dilemma."
A social and political analyst reflects on racial tensions in contemporary America. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An evenhanded, reasoned contribution to an overheated discussion."
No border wall can impede an inescapable fact: Mexico and the United States are inextricably joined to one another culturally, economically, and politically. Read full book review >
THE WIND IN MY HAIR by Masih Alinejad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Alinejad's account provides a timely glimpse behind the Iranian curtain."
Pointed memoir by an Iranian journalist who has been a longtime advocate of women's rights in the Islamic republic. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A quirky, novelistic tour as much about the author as Jerusalem."
A memoir of a year spent in the Old City in the heart of today's Jerusalem. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A hopeful report that is more triumph than trauma in the prosecution of sexual assault cases past and present."
A timely update on efforts to combat sexual assault in America. 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 >