Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
CAN'T HELP MYSELF by Meredith Goldstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A witty, entertaining memoir offering guidance on the precarious integration of life and love."
A relationship columnist fuses sage advice with dispatches from her own personal life. Read full book review >

ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An entertaining and educational analysis of how toddlers learn and why specific TV shows are actually useful for preschoolers."
A children's TV programming creator shares her insights into how toddlers learn. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Longer on description than prescription but a provocative work of social criticism."
"In places where jobs disappear, society falls apart": a sobering portrait of a crumbling polity. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A swift account of an industry that bubbles with bluster and marinates in money."
A social history of and commentary on the extremely lucrative enterprise of dispensing advice. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"These ideas—first introduced in the Harvard Business Review­­—will intrigue anyone who wants to channel the new power of the crowd."
A study of the "new power" made possible by connectivity. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Provocative and deftly argued, Pastor's book reminds us that the future is unwritten and that it always has deep roots in, and connections to, the past."
A look at the recent history of California and what it may mean for the future of the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women's lives."
The president of Planned Parenthood recounts her life as an activist. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, comprehensive economics guide with a feminist twist."
Diamond (Whole Worlds Could Pass Away, 2017, etc.) sets out to debunk the patriarchy of capitalism in this nonfiction work aimed at women. Read full book review >
UNWIFEABLE by Mandy Stadtmiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A ribald memoir of self-discovery that is not for the squeamish."
Journalist and comedian Stadtmiller, best known for describing her dating life in detail for the readers of the New York Post, covers the decade of her 30s in an uninhibited account of bad behavior. 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 >