Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 9, 2015

"Well-presented, solid facts that address the many detriments of helicopter parenting."
Why helicopter parents are doing more harm than good to their children. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 2, 2015

"For readers concerned with community, justice, and equality, this book is a real tear-jerker."
Emphasizing the "I" in Selfishness. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Nevertheless, this is a captivating portrait of the struggle between labor and capital during a formative period in the quest for workers' rights."
One of the most influential Americans you never heard of rides the crest of a labor uprising in Gilded Age New York City. Read full book review >
PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE by Wednesday Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Sometimes funny but effective for the same reason a Birkin is: it's designed for a certain group of people, and likely them alone."
A look at the social rites and rituals of downtown Manhattan through the eyes of former New York Post contributor Martin (Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >

THE FULL CATASTROPHE by James Angelos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A candid, unsparing look at the challenges Greece has yet to overcome."
Endemic problems plague a proud country. Read full book review >
ALTRUISM by Matthieu Ricard
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 2, 2015

"Inspirational in all the right ways but a challenge to get through it all."
An overlong but vigorous gloss on the Dalai Lama's famous remark, "My religion is kindness." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Schneiderhan leaves it to us to continue the journey these two began. His work, like theirs, is inspiring."
Schneiderhan's (Sociology/Univ. of Toronto) biographical comparison of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Barack Obama illustrates how little has changed regarding the difficulties of community building. Read full book review >
THE DAD REPORT by Kevin Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"An enjoyable exploration of baseball, fatherhood, and how 'there's something special about the way families share the game.'"
Stories of fathers, their sons, and a way forward for the troubled game of baseball. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
GEEK HERESY by Kentaro Toyama
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 2015

"A white paper largely of interest to education theorists and aid specialists, with occasional asides for the Jaron Lanier/Nicholas Carr crowd."
A well-meaning but arid argument, by a former Microsoft executive and current MIT fellow, against the presumed Trojan horses of technology. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF THE MARIONETTE by John Gray
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 19, 2015

"A brief, elliptical inquiry designed to raise more questions than anyone could answer."
Within the debate between Christian and atheist authors, here come the Gnostics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >