Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >
MIGRANT, REFUGEE, SMUGGLER, SAVIOR by Peter Tinti
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sobering reading but of great interest to those seeking context for so many recent headlines."
Advocacy journalism in the service of the refugees, most from Africa and the Middle East, who are now flooding Europe. Read full book review >

THE GIVERS by David Callahan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening view of a vast sector of the economy that lies in the shadows but has undue influence, for ill or good."
Intriguing look at the world of big-ticket philanthropy, which shows promise of surpassing much governmental social-service spending in the near future. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change."
A prominent urban theorist examines the hidden impacts of gentrification and innovation on (mostly) American cities. Read full book review >
UNWANTED ADVANCES by Laura Kipnis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"As in all her books, Kipnis is consistently provocative and intelligent."
An argument for how the "recent upheavals in sexual culture on American campuses" are symptomatic of "officially sanctioned" sexual paranoia and hysteria. Read full book review >

#ESOCIETY by David Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A disturbing, affecting, and unforgettable work that remains upbeat while asking difficult questions about society."
A self-made British internet entrepreneur leaves a comfortable life to discover why so many people remain trapped in poverty and unemployment in this debut autobiography and manifesto. Read full book review >
THE BIMBO HAS BRAINS by Cathy Burnham Martin
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"Amusing but uneven reflections on relationships."
A volume of anecdotes, lists, quotes, and jokes seeks to illuminate the complexities of gender politics and romance. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"An earnest but lopsided Christian reading of the birth and growth of Sesame Street."
A revisionary, religious analysis of a beloved children's TV show. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 4, 2017

"A candid, straightforward, and helpful guide for mothers returning to work."
How professional women can "make those first three months back more than just an exercise in treading water." Read full book review >
THE H-SPOT by Jill Filipovic
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely, enlightening exploration of what American women truly want and need to live purposeful, fulfilling, happy lives."
A sound analysis of what really makes women happy. Read full book review >
THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion."
A witty discussion of the indirect role sex plays across political, economic, religious, and cultural landscapes. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2017

"Solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge."
An immigration activist confronts the nativist opposition to the nation's changing demography and suggests another way to bridge the yawning cultural divide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >