Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A hopeful celebration of women's friendships."
A journalist examines the nature and impact of the friendships women form with each other. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A thoughtful historical account of a legal campaign that formed one of the main pillars for Brown v. Board of Education. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >
HALFWAY by Tom Macher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fresh voice examining addiction and recovery through its sustaining relationships."
A bleak yet affecting memoir about a teenage alcoholic's experience in recovery-oriented halfway houses, focusing on bonds of desperate camaraderie. Read full book review >

DECARCERATING AMERICA by Ernest Drucker
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A unified and hopeful collection that should interest attorneys, activists, and open-minded law enforcement professionals."
An urgent anthology suggesting progressive approaches to ending the era of overimprisonment. Read full book review >
THE TELLING IMAGE by Lois Farfel Stark
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A visually vibrant but conceptually blurry coffee-table book."
The physical contours of technology, architecture, and settlement intertwine with humanity's understanding of society and the universe, according to this debut photo essay. Read full book review >
BROTOPIA by Emily Chang
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thorough, important examination of the often sleazy, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley."
An in-depth analysis of the tech-industry brotherhood. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The crystal-clear message of this thoroughly researched and impressively documented book is that white supremacy remains a powerful force in the United States."
A fresh look at "the story of grassroots resistance to racial equality undertaken by white women" who "took central roles in disciplining their communities according to Jim Crow's rules." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Of considerable interest to readers keeping an eye on West Africa."
Anthropological and historical account of the rise and fortunes of Boko Haram. Read full book review >
ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING by Deborah Santana
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."
Essays by women of color offer intimate, candid reflections on their lives. 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 >