Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

AMERICAN DISCONTENT by John L. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.'"
Accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2018

"Timely, smart, and stimulating; should provoke a re-evaluation of brand marketing strategy."
Horst, a Fortune 500 chief marketing officer, addresses the marketing challenges posed by a fractious political climate. Read full book review >

THERE ARE NO GROWN-UPS by Pamela Druckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"A trenchant and witty book on maturity and 'middle-age shock.'"
A bestselling American author and journalist living in Paris investigates the "undeniably transitional" decade of the 40s. Read full book review >
NO ASHES IN THE FIRE by Darnell L. Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"An engaging meditation on identity and creativity within challenging settings."
Affecting memoir that looks back on surviving a hardscrabble childhood and learning to thrive as a queer black man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"There's a catharsis for all by the end but no smooth path or easy arrival."
A journalist comes to terms with the murder his beloved older brother committed, and a family tries to find some sort of redemption. Read full book review >

Released: May 29, 2018

"A solid, highly useful owner's manual for a leaky internet—and a damaged democracy."
Even paranoiacs have enemies—especially, as this pointed treatise has it, when they post on social media. Read full book review >
POPS by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 22, 2018

"Even when he's driving at cruising speed, Chabon takes his readers for an enjoyable ride."
A compact collection of thematically linked essays, perfectly timed for Father's Day. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"A frustrating account of the current exasperating state of affairs. For a more penetrating portrait of similar issues, head back to Detroit."
A notorious journalist attempts to unpack the complex political, social, and cultural issues that have come to dominate the American discourse. Read full book review >
HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"A must-read for policymakers, but one that's not too wonkish for lay readers."
A foreign policy scholar analyzes two decades of American policymaking to better understand the country's uneasy posture toward globalized innovation, research, and development. Read full book review >
THE LAST COWBOYS by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Packed with fascinating information, lively writing, and a certain pleasant nostalgia, this book is a good candidate for reading one chapter per day; eventually, the narrative becomes unwieldy—too many family members to track easily, too many long drives to rodeo after rodeo, and too many abrupt narrative shifts from cattle to rodeo to environmental degradation."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch (Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard, 2014) immerses himself in a huge Utah family to understand contemporary cattle rearing, rodeo riding, and the endangered environment of the American West, which is owned primarily by the American government but leased to private ranchers. Read full book review >
SEX MONEY MURDER by Jonathan Green
Released: May 15, 2018

"A disturbing yet necessary, significant book by a journalist willing to place himself in danger."
The bloody history of a violent Bronx-based gang in the middle of the crack epidemic. 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 >