Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 2018

"A painstakingly reported, clearly written case study that is all too relevant today."
A detailed account of the shooting deaths of police and self-described black nationalists on July 23, 1968, in Cleveland. Read full book review >
ONE DAY YOU'LL THANK ME by David McGlynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A father tells timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys."
A father shares stories of his childhood and those of his two sons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A quirky, novelistic tour as much about the author as Jerusalem."
A memoir of a year spent in the Old City in the heart of today's Jerusalem. Read full book review >

TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work."
An eerie and uncanny collection of essays. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A hopeful report that is more triumph than trauma in the prosecution of sexual assault cases past and present."
A timely update on efforts to combat sexual assault in America. Read full book review >
GIGGED by Sarah Kessler
Released: June 12, 2018

"A fair-minded analysis of the ever morphing worldwide labor force—an early entry in burgeoning popular literature on the gig economy."
An examination of how job environment models and opportunities have evolved, mainly through the success of Uber and other gig-economy stalwarts. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR by Yossi Klein Halevi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs, though perhaps unlikely to sway those whose minds are made up."
A plea for "radical goodwill" in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A memoir that would have radiated greater power as a long-form magazine article."
Still in his early 20s, Wood chronicles his arduous upbringing as a black male, including his 15 minutes of fame (so far) while a college student. Read full book review >
MANY LOVE by Sophie Lucido Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"Illuminating and entertaining."
A writer and illustrator reveals how she went from serial monogamist to happily married polyamorist. 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 >