Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement by Julie Debra Neuffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"A fascinating study of an icon and the era that created her."
Neuffer offers a study of Helen Andelin, author and founder of the controversial Fascinating Womanhood movement in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
Obama's Challenge to China by Chi Wang
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 2015

"An informative, persuasive look at the current state of Chinese-American relations."
Wang (The United States and China Since World War II, 2013, etc.) offers an analysis of Obama's China policy and the continuing points of contention in the Chinese-American relationship. Read full book review >

ABOUT WOMEN by Lisa Alther
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Entertaining, informative conversations between two women friends."
Two longtime friends discuss their lives and the world around them. Read full book review >
THEN COMES MARRIAGE by Roberta Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"Kaplan delivers a well-rounded, informative, and illuminating perspective on the complexities of nontraditional marriage."
A key litigator who argued and helped defeat the Defense of Marriage Act describes the process, the politics, and the history behind the watershed Supreme Court ruling. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CELL by Erin E. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A specialized work that will appeal to attorneys, investigators, crime writers, and others on the frontiers of forensic DNA laws and technologies."
A critique of the criminal justice system's overreliance on forensic DNA, focused on legal and scientific questions underlying the topic's CSI glamour.Read full book review >

HOMEFRONT 911 by Stacy Bannerman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An activist, Bannerman has set up programs for women, drafted legislation, and testified before congressional committees. Here, she takes her message to a broader public in a disturbing cry for help."
"Attention must be paid" is the demand being made by a woman who knows from hard experience what it is like to be married to a combat veteran with PTSD. Read full book review >
A NATION OF NATIONS by Tom Gjelten
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A timely, well-informed entry into a national debate."
An incisive look at immigration, assimilation, and national identity. Read full book review >
POPULATION WARS by Greg Graffin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The science lectures are occasionally long-winded, but Graffin's message is challenging, and the professional entertainer shines through."
While the title suggests another dire warning of a coming explosion in the world's population, in fact, the term "population wars" as used here refers to a historical pattern of populations brought into contact with one another, the ensuing conflicts, and the resulting assimilations. Read full book review >
FEAR AND CLOTHING by Cintra Wilson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Prime sartorial satire for fashionistas aching for a dose of comic relief. Few write as bitingly about pop culture as Wilson."
Irreverent, outspoken culture critic Wilson (Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny, 2008, etc.) charts the "discovery of my own fashion evolution" through an American road trip.Read full book review >
MAMA TRIED by Emily Flake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A mixed bag of a graphic memoir. Alternadad, meet Indie-mom."
A graphic narrative provides a hipster's guide to motherhood. Read full book review >
DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
THE GAY REVOLUTION by Lillian Faderman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Inspiring and necessary reading for all Americans interested in social justice."
The history of the struggle for gay rights in the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >