Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

WHY HONOR MATTERS by Tamler Sommers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A celebration of insular, exclusionary honor culture that does not adequately account for its pernicious effects."
A philosopher offers an impassioned, but disturbing, defense of honor cultures. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"A highly useful manual that will be valuable to career coaches and motivated readers who are willing to do the work."
An interactive career development guide. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An untidy assemblage of underworked thoughts."
An ambitious attempt to reorganize Western society and place it on firmer philosophical foundations. Read full book review >
THE AVERAGE JOE'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS by R.C. Farrington
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An accessible motivational guide for those feeling stuck or discouraged in their professional lives."
Readers don't have to be the smartest ones in the room to be successful; they just need to demonstrate a willingness to work hard, argues this self-help book. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >

Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >
BUILDING AND DWELLING by Richard Sennett
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH JOKE by Devorah  Baum
Released: May 2, 2018

"Delightfully entertaining and cheerfully insightful."
A compendium of jokes that reflect and create a sense of cultural identity. Read full book review >
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 >
SPEAK FREELY by Keith E. Whittington
Released: April 13, 2018

"In the current divisive political climate, Whittington shows why safeguarding the civil exchange of diverse ideas is an urgent need."
A timely defense of intellectual debate and critical thinking. 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 >
ALT-RIGHT by Mike Wendling
Released: April 15, 2018

"A thoughtful distillation of research that is sadly relevant to our current political moment."
The factions and personalities behind the so-called alt-right, associated both with a white nationalist resurgence and Donald Trump. 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 >