Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

NOT SO GOOD A GAY MAN by Frank M. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fascinating reading, especially for fans of 20th-century science fiction."
A science-fiction novelist and late-blooming gay activist remembers his long and colorful life. Read full book review >
BLACK DETROIT by Herb Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience."
The history of the many contributions of African-American Detroit to the larger American project. Read full book review >

Released: June 6, 2017

"Though repetitive, an eye-opening look at the ways of the world—at least the world as the cool kids know it."
For those who wish they sat at the popular kids' table back in the day comes this intriguing treatise on how popularity works, sometimes for good, sometimes for ill. Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. Read full book review >
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >

AND THE SPIRIT MOVED THEM by Helen LaKelly Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"The faith-based argument is not always convincing, but the author's call for renewed feminist action, based on 'the spirit and ethic of love,' makes for timely reading."
The story of the abolitionists of the early to mid-19th century who set the stage for women's campaign for equality and the vote. Read full book review >
CITY ON THE VERGE by Mark Pendergrast
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome look at a city—a mass of cities—not often heard from in the urban-studies literature and of wide interest well beyond the I-95 corridor."
Given enough political will and enough choice, we can save the world. Or, as this case study shows, we can let things continue to go to hell in a handbasket lined with peach blossoms. Read full book review >
EXONERATED by Robert J.  Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment."
How efforts to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners have grown into an energized international movement. Read full book review >
MASTERS OF CRAFT by Richard E. Ocejo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A close-up and often entertaining look at new service jobs in an urban economy."
How formerly low-status jobs have become cool, creative careers. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Jeff Pegues
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An informative book that could have been presented better."
The justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News debuts with an examination of the tensions between police and blacks, presenting potential obstacles to improvement formulas for tension reduction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world."
How one woman finally broke away from a cycle of imprisonment and went on to help hundreds of other women re-enter normal life. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND KISSES FOR BREAKFAST by Matteo   Bussola
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Charming, 'near-daily snapshots' of fatherhood."
An Italian father reflects on raising three daughters. 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 >