Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disturbing but necessary book."
An investigative reporter sheds light on a shocking decadeslong sex scandal at a prestigious New York prep school. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 15, 2015

"A sometimes-distorted and sometimes-revealing portrait of a nightmarish United States."
White racism, slavery, and ongoing bigotry are to blame for the problems of black America, as well as the author's violent youth, according to this manifesto and accompanying memoir. Read full book review >

Intimate Rivals by Sheila A. Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 17, 2015

"A thorough account of a political dynamic that reverberates globally."
In her debut, Smith offers a searching, scholarly discussion of Sino-Japanese relations. Read full book review >
TRIUMPH OF THE HEART by Megan Feldman Bettencourt
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Bettencourt takes a broad view of opportunities small and large for forgiveness, and in doing so, she provides hope for a way forward that focuses more on acceptance than retribution."
One writer's journey through learning about the many forms forgiveness can take. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH by Neil Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Some readers may have no sympathy for the author, but he delivers an emotionally charged, provocative memoir of a man learning to confront his sexual demons."
Rolling Stone scribe and infamous Lothario Strauss (Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness, 2011, etc.) chronicles a lascivious seesaw battle between monogamy and debauchery. Read full book review >

UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Anne-Marie Slaughter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Informative guidance on how men and women can come together in the workforce and at home."
One woman's vision on how to create gender equality for men and women. Read full book review >
AND THEN I DANCED by Mark Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement's true pioneers."
The life and times of an intrepid gay rights activist. Read full book review >
RECLAIMING CONVERSATION by Sherry Turkle
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A timely wake-up call urging us to cherish the intimacy of direct, unscripted communication."
The founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self explores the danger that text messaging is replacing in-depth, face-to-face conversation. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Melanne Verveer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A durable contribution to the continued efforts to effect change for women."
Two organizers of the contemporary global movement for women's rights demonstrate how they build networks and focus activities to create opportunities for women to exercise their rights. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An impassioned, intellectual, and vigorously dense report on the repercussions of severe socioeconomic imbalance in the United States."
Acclaimed inequality essayist and community activist Wise (Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, 2012, etc.) reports on the damage being incurred in America whereby "the have-nots and have-lessers are dehumanized while the elite are venerated."Read full book review >
HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise."
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths.Read full book review >
The Ideal in the West by David A. Beardsley
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 30, 2012

"A commendable attempt to beat back the darkness and inspire revelation."
A brief philosophical history of the Western understanding of the "Ideal" and the "Good," from the ancient Greeks to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >