Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Love Has Everything To Do With It by Michael A. Bell
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"A jokey pamphlet on love, faith, and marriage that lacks depth."
A debut booklet offers basic advice for a Christian marriage. 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 >

GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
JANESVILLE by Amy  Goldstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 18, 2017

"A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America's heartland."
A Midwestern town struggles to survive in the aftermath of an economic disaster. Read full book review >
WHERE’S DAD?  by Pat Combs
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"A call to duty and instruction manual that will appeal only to deeply conservative husbands and fathers."
A Christian-oriented book about the key role that fathers play in families. Read full book review >

DOWN AND OUT IN THE NEW ECONOMY by Ilana Gershon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 10, 2017

"An intermittently useful book that could have been a long-form magazine feature."
An anthropologist explores the hiring practices of employers in a digital era. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Jeff Pegues
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
AWKWARD by Ty Tashiro
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 25, 2017

"Tashiro offers little revelatory information, but it helps to know that you are not alone."
An academic and psychologist examines the "quirks and unique talents of awkward individuals" and why it's not so bad to be awkward. 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 >
THE AUTHENTIC LOVER by Chris  Hakim
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2017

"Powerful, persuasive encouragement toward better and wiser loving."
A spirited analysis of the concept of love and romanticrelationships.Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 11, 2017

"Much more than just an overview of how new DNA research has enlightened our understanding of anxiety, this is an empowering guide to combating the stress epidemic."
New scientific evidence shows that anxiety can become embedded in a person's biology as early as in utero. As a longtime psychology professor shows, this discovery provides unprecedented insight into why some people are locked into a perpetual anxious state and how social practices can break the cycle. Read full book review >
MID-LIFE EX-WIFE by Stella Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A frank, guileless, and useful account of a 50-something's search for love through online dating services."
One woman's adventures in the online dating scene. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >