Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone."
The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pencils of Promise explains the secret of his success: reliance on social media and "cause marketing." Read full book review >
WALKING PREY by Holly Austin Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"A powerful voice on behalf of young people who should not be stigmatized but need support from schools and communities to protect them from predators."
An unvarnished account of one woman's painful "journey from victim to survivor," as she came to understand the "dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation, especially child sex trafficking." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Will appeal to parents whose idea of comedy hews closer to Arrested Development than Leave It to Beaver—but do you want parenting advice from the Bluth family?"
A parent's-eye view of recent scientific research into "the job you can never quit," with a lot of winking. Read full book review >
BORDER PATROL NATION by Todd Miller
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsettling but important read."
Solid, absorbing reportage on the government's racist and constitutionally questionable notions of border security in the post-9/11 world. Read full book review >
BENDING ADVERSITY by David Pilling
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 17, 2014

"The author's articulate and diverse interviewees—scholars and teenagers, housewives and politicians—vividly and passionately testify to Japan's cultural contradictions, ambitions and strategies for survival."
A sweeping view of contemporary Japan portrays its complexities and potential for change. Read full book review >

AMERICAN AFTERLIFE by Kate Sweeney
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 15, 2014

"A considerate exploration of mourning, just haunting enough to attract those with a penchant for macabre oddities."
Intriguing, eccentric swatches of everyday Americans grappling with the intricacies of death. Read full book review >
WISH YOU HAPPY FOREVER by Jenny Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Memorable and moving, Bowen's story is a gift straight from the heart. A great complement to Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky (2009)."
A social entrepreneur and former filmmaker's account of how adopting two Chinese daughters inspired her to help China reform its child welfare system from within. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A powerful book that displays both the malice and the nobility of our species."
An acclaimed historian and biographer returns with an intimate history of the AIDS crisis and its devastations. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
Mettler (Government/Cornell Univ.; The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, 2011, etc.) delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. Read full book review >
BUMPOLOGY by Linda Geddes
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Straightforward, stress-reducing answers to the most common pregnancy and post-pregnancy questions."
A compilation of advice on pregnancy, birth and infants. Read full book review >
OVERWHELMED by Brigid Schulte
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An eye-opening analysis of today's hectic lifestyles coupled with valuable practical advice on how to make better use of each day."
An examination of how to change how you use your time. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A mostly nuanced look at the challenges of growing old gracefully for a generation that aches to see youth in the mirror."
An exploration of developmental substages for adulthood and beyond. Read full book review >