Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

THE END OF POLICING by Alex  Vitale
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book."
Why better training of police officers is inadequate to reduce strained relations between law enforcement and minority or impoverished communities and why it is necessary to completely rethink the role of police in America. Read full book review >
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by Caitlin Doughty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Death gets the last word in this affably written, meticulously researched study of funerary customs."
In the follow-up to her well-received debut, Smoke Gets in your Eyes (2014), a mortician delivers a wide-eyed report on burial customs across the world. Read full book review >

20 WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS by Pamela Burke
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2017

"Activists of all descriptions will find encouragement in these uplifting, albeit brief, success stories filled with recommendations and ideas."
This compilation of interviews by debut editors Burke and Caso comes from The Women's Eye, a radio show and website celebrating the accomplishments of women working for change. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2017

"A fresh look at age differences between romantic partners."
A debut author turns the cougar stereotype on its head. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >
100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"It will not be necessary for readers to tackle this book from front to back; it rewards dipping into occasionally, as Gates sometimes surprises, sometimes intrigues, and rarely disappoints."
A collection of vignettes about the black experience in the United States and around the globe. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sometimes-thought-provoking but ultimately insubstantial assessment of human behavior. For devoted followers of this popular author."
An exploration of human behavior patterns as viewed through the lens of four specific tendencies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Though it lacks the stinging punch of Thompson, the book is a useful snapshot of a tumultuous presidential race."
The 2016 election finds the author on a search for the real America. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
THE SOCIOLOGIST’S EYE by Kai Erikson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A useful, illuminating analysis bolstered by a lifetime of close observation."
A man who has devoted his life to studying society delivers a final report on everything he has learned. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Good, readable pop psychology that doesn't get too arcane but explores hidden mental corners all the same."
A pop-science tour of the brain and the "systematic mistakes we make when we attempt to change minds, as well as [an illumination of] what occurs during those instances in which we succeed." 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 >