Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A clear, concise, well-organized call for action designed to reach a general audience."
An expert on juvenile sentencing and criminal justice reform asserts that the American juvenile justice system, once a world leader, is now in dire need of reform. Read full book review >

UNDER SURVEILLANCE by Randolph  Lewis
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Will appeal to sociologists and students of cultural studies and behaviors."
An academic consideration of the cultural meanings behind increasing surveillance and post-9/11 securitization. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A provocative, well-argued view of practices mostly abandoned by the nations of the world save for a few—the U.S. notable among them."
Study of the phenomenon of political imprisonment, a favorite ploy of authoritarians throughout history. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An impassioned call for an 'overarching movement' for justice."
How poor people are being punished for their poverty. 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 >
MISFIT'S MANIFESTO  by Lidia Yuknavitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."
One of the country's most gifted transgressive writers pens a love letter to her fellow misfits. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Not an apologia for resistance to immigration but rather a nuanced, important analysis of an issue fraught with complications."
A well-researched and authoritatively written analysis that resists easy answers and generalizations regarding the complex problems of immigration. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today."
An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An epic story of a people who have been, and remain, central to the life of New York City."
The long, complex story of Jews in Gotham. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >