Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: May 8, 2018

"An exciting look at London's queer history and a tribute to the 'various human worlds maintained in [the city's] diversity despite persecution, condemnation, and affliction.'"
A history of the development of London as the European epicenter of queer life. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >

Released: May 8, 2018

"Candid testimony from impressive and influential women."
African-American women contributed significantly to the campaign for racial justice. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A powerful report on a relevant women's movement deservedly brought to light over a century after it occurred."
Historical survey of an early-20th-century initiative to control "promiscuous" women through forced quarantines. Read full book review >

THE JEWISH JOKE by Devorah  Baum
Released: May 2, 2018

"Delightfully entertaining and cheerfully insightful."
A compendium of jokes that reflect and create a sense of cultural identity. Read full book review >
MOTHERS by Jacqueline Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Clever, insightful essays on motherhood as 'the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings.'"
In her latest book, Rose (co-director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; Women in Dark Times, 2014, etc.) examines how motherhood is broken apart, chewed, and spat back out. Read full book review >
BORN WITH WINGS by Daisy Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A thorough memoir that would have benefited from deeper insights into how the author's faith carried her through crises and how she resolves conflicts between its requirements and those of secular Indian and American cultures."
The autobiography of a tireless advocate for women in Islam. Read full book review >
AMATEUR HOUR by Kimberly Harrington
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Bitterly hilarious in spots."
The modern motherhood memoir in a series of sardonic spoofs. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fresh rethinking of a crucial process in today's world."
A self-help business book that challenges conventional wisdom about networking. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"An important, first-of-its-kind book."
An in-depth study of misdemeanor justice in New York City. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A well-informed, strongly argued perspective on a hot topic, but readership may be limited by the technical tone."
Legalistic, widely ranging jeremiad against the suppression of "hate speech." 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 >