Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A provocative, well-argued view of practices mostly abandoned by the nations of the world save for a few—the U.S. notable among them."
Study of the phenomenon of political imprisonment, a favorite ploy of authoritarians throughout history. Read full book review >
RAMP HOLLOW by Steven Stoll
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Which is better, cornfields or clean coal? Stoll's sharp book complicates our understanding of a much-misunderstood, much-maligned region that deserves better than it has received."
A searching economic and political history of a dispossessed, impoverished Appalachia that progress has long eluded. 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. 14, 2017

"A fierce and persuasive call to action that demands women, especially millennials, rethink the relationship between maternity and career ambitions."
An impassioned guide for working women, especially working mothers, to dismantling the patriarchal systems that hold them back at work and at home, as told by a woman who shattered the mold. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Nothing truly groundbreaking, but an enthusiastic, practical guide to achieving a healthy sense of interconnectedness within one's culture and community—and likely another bestseller for Brown."
How to foster fellowship through fearlessness and visibility. Read full book review >

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: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today."
An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump. 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

"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 >
BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH by Van Jones
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen?"
An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020. Read full book review >
UNDER SURVEILLANCE by Randolph  Lewis
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Will appeal to sociologists and students of cultural studies and behaviors."
An academic consideration of the cultural meanings behind increasing surveillance and post-9/11 securitization. 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 >