Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

SURVIVOR CAFÉ by Elizabeth Rosner
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful, probing meditation on the fragility of memory and the indelible inheritance of pain."
Trauma informs a memoir palpable with anger, sorrow, and frustration. Read full book review >
THE BOND by A.M. Grotticelli
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A poignant, infuriating, informative, and ultimately triumphant account of an unusual clan."
A debut memoir chronicles the strength of the relationships formed among a collection of unrelated siblings who forged a remarkable, separate, and permanent family within a foster home. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Some of the advice may sound glib or repetitive, but Little gives readers a sense of how they can make significant changes in their lives."
A chatty book based on scientific research shows how personal choice can inform as much of our personality—and destiny—as genetics and environment. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A solid but not groundbreaking chronicle of women's long, excruciating fights for laughs."
The struggle to do stand-up comedy while female. Read full book review >
GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fervent manifesto for school diversity and autonomy."
An advocate for charter schools proposes bold changes in public education. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 2017

"Though repetitive, an eye-opening look at the ways of the world—at least the world as the cool kids know it."
For those who wish they sat at the popular kids' table back in the day comes this intriguing treatise on how popularity works, sometimes for good, sometimes for ill. Read full book review >
ENSOULMENT by Lorís Simón Salum
Released: Jan. 16, 2017

"Thought-provoking statements on almost every page; unmissable for women's studies and religion students."
This collection of interview transcripts brings 24 experts, mostly psychologists and social scientists, together in a scholarly examination of the feminine. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"Dense, comprehensive arguments certain to bring awareness to the epidemic of police brutality against historically vulnerable at-risk minority groups."
A race and gender researcher and equality activist delivers a thorough treatise on police brutality. Read full book review >
COMING OF AGE by Deborah Beatriz  Blum
Released: July 11, 2017

"A minor effort for readers interested in learning more about Mead's early life."
Blum (Bad Karma: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, 1986) reconstructs the five-year period of Margaret Mead's life leading up to and including her transformative trip to Samoa in 1925. 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 >