Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

START HERE by Greg Berman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A brisk, thoughtful guide to mass incarceration alternatives, of interest to activists, lawyers, and forward-thinking law enforcement professionals."
A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration. Read full book review >
THE REST OF IT by Martin Duberman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A fascinating look into a significant period in the life of a much-loved literary figure."
A new work of nonfiction by a leading force of gay rights activism. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2018

"Replete with charts and lengthy appendices, this academic study is often dry, but it is also a remarkably important trove of new information for specialists and anyone else interested in the forces at work in modern politics."
How American corporations are recruiting employees into politics. Read full book review >
12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. Read full book review >
THE LEFT BEHIND by Robert Wuthnow
Released: March 1, 2018

"A superb, authoritative sociology book."
A leading sociologist examines the "moral outrage" of rural America. Read full book review >

THE COMMON GOOD by Robert B. Reich
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"Idealistic and stronger in description than prescription, but a provocative essay nonetheless."
Reich (Public Policy/Univ. of California; Saving Capitalism, 2015, etc.) takes a note from Adam Smith and runs with it in this spirited defense of the public sphere. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Inspiring reading about women who have shown 'that it's all right to occupy our humanity.'"
Karbo (Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, 2013, etc.) sketches the lives of 29 extraordinary women. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME PRINCESS by Peggy Orenstein
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A sharp, timely collection of essays."
A feminist journalist gathers some of her most influential pieces. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Essential for students of women's rights and popular political movements in the modern era and an inspiration for future actions."
Richly illustrated, engagingly written history of second-wave feminism and successor movements from the 1960s to the present. Read full book review >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Concrete, straightforward advice on helping girls move beyond the anxiety, depression, and angst that plague so many as they strive toward adulthood."
Practical advice on raising well-adjusted girls. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. 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 >