Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A potent, convincing manifesto on how female sexual equality marches onward despite cultural roadblocks."
A feminist perspective on sexual power and its uses and abuses in America. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sharp, thoughtful, sometimes-surprising account of how we build trust with strangers now."
How technology is changing our attitudes toward trust. Read full book review >

THE ABU DHABI BAR MITZVAH by Adam Valen  Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While Karachi or Aleppo may not be next year's hot vacation destinations, Levinson proves there's ample reason to go."
While the blank spaces on the maps have long since been filled in, the psychological barriers walling off regions of the world where Westerners dare not tread are as tall as ever. Here, a "multimedia backpack journalist" explores some of them. Read full book review >
REAL WOMEN'S STORIES by Beth Kallman Werner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2017

"The best of these pieces stand on their own but also serve as invitations for responses by other aspiring writers."
A collection of brief essays in an annual volume by emerging writers recounting women's experiences in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2017

"A good-natured, thoughtful, and often comic joyride, well worth reading before listing your new year's resolutions."
An earnest scholarly effort devolves into a funny, sometimes-sardonic tour of the possibilities of changing your life—or not. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Humor abounds in this semicheeky examination of the pink world of princesses and little girls."
The tale of "a small and very cute princess-obsessed little girl and a mother who learned how to Let It Go." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Harris still has plenty to learn, but he provides an informative study of why the millennial generation faces more struggles than expected, despite the hard work they've invested in moving ahead."
A millennial writer talks about the coming crises his generation will face. Read full book review >
THE ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE by Gleb Raygorodetsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An encouraging exploration of how ancestral wisdom and political savvy have led to positive environmental policies."
Indigenous peoples testify to the realities of climate change. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Fruitful reading for trend-spotters and entrepreneurs, who will find much grist for their mills."
Demographics and economics meet in this oddly cheering book about the world's aging population. Read full book review >
RADICAL HAPPINESS by Lynne Segal
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A calm, refreshing breath of fresh air in a dangerously uncertain moment in human history."
A wide-ranging analysis of communal joy, including suggestions on how to get it back. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Important documentation of the free market's aggressive intersection with the war on crime."
Evenhanded investigation of private prisons, focused on industry opacity and the moral problems behind its largely unchecked growth. 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 >