Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A sobering book that deserves a wide audience among politics-watchers in an age of reaction."
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Saslow (Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, 2011) delivers a memorable story of a prodigal son who broke with white supremacy thanks to the kindness of strangers. Read full book review >
FARSIGHTED by Steven Johnson
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Close readers will undoubtedly learn to look carefully before leaping."
The bestselling science writer explores the elements of complex decision-making. Read full book review >

UNDER FIRE by April Ryan
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"The narrative is filled with gems if readers are willing to struggle through the disorganization."
The noted American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and CNN analyst focuses on her experiences as a black woman reporter trying to do her job amid the hostile first year of the Trump presidency. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Duncan's heart is in the right place—he's for kids and against lies—but the specifics of his analysis remain open to debate."
The former Secretary of Education makes an impassioned plea for school reform. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A complex and nuanced academic book."
A sociologist examines how affluent white children think about race. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"As he ends this relevant and well-grounded book, Williams tells Trump that African-Americans have 'a lot' to lose, 'far more, it appears, than [Trump] will ever know.'"
During the presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump reached out to African-American voters by asking, "what the hell do you have to lose?" Here is a cogent response from a veteran journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An important examination of dismaying social and cultural trends."
Overprotecting children hinders them from confronting physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Powerful, potent reading."
A black lesbian activist offers insight into forging a radical black liberation movement through the lens of her experience as a community organizer in Chicago. Read full book review >
HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A dynamic memoir that is unsettling in all the best ways."
A challenging memoir about black-white relations, income inequality, mother-son dynamics, Mississippi byways, lack of personal self-control, education from kindergarten through graduate school, and so much more. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A brisk and thought-provoking anatomy of shopping in the 21st century."
A study of the fraught world of retail in the age of Amazon. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A discerning history of the quest for self-knowledge."
An illuminating dual biography of two women who invented a hugely popular personality test. Read full book review >
AMATEUR by Thomas Page McBee
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Provocative and illuminating—a winning follow-up to McBee's acclaimed debut."
A journalist's account of why he decided to train as a boxer and become the first transgender man to fight a cisgender man in Madison Square Garden. 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 >