Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs, though perhaps unlikely to sway those whose minds are made up."
A plea for "radical goodwill" in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"A memoir that would have radiated greater power as a long-form magazine article."
Still in his early 20s, Wood chronicles his arduous upbringing as a black male, including his 15 minutes of fame (so far) while a college student. Read full book review >

MANY LOVE by Sophie Lucido Johnson
Released: June 26, 2018

"Illuminating and entertaining."
A writer and illustrator reveals how she went from serial monogamist to happily married polyamorist. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 2018

"This book's personal experiences provide depth but some of the broader, economic generalizations remain unconvincing."
A treatise argues for a small federal government and fewer regulations. Read full book review >
GREATNESS AWAITS by Robert L.  Lawson
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Sage advice delivered in an energetic style."
Lawson (Dreamers and Doers, 2017, etc.) offers a straightforward self-help guide that aims to provide readers with the necessary tools to achieve greatness.Read full book review >

IT'S SUNDAY IN AMERICA by Barry R.  Harker
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"A Christian defense of the church-state divide."
Harker (Youth Ministry in Crisis, 2004, etc.) warns of threats to the separation of church and state in this examination of America's religious climate. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A lively and inspiring road map for teens who want to fight injustice and change the world."
A guide offers advice to young people on turning their anger into activism. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A well-informed, strongly argued perspective on a hot topic, but readership may be limited by the technical tone."
Legalistic, widely ranging jeremiad against the suppression of "hate speech." Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"Refreshingly, Stadiem mostly avoids making the narrative overly gossipy, and it's good fun to see what devils some of our political and cultural heroes really were."
An eye-opening biography of "the elegant French Queen of Sex." Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"Useful to those whose job it is to plan meetings, conferences, and the like and a worthy survival manual for consumers of the same."
Wherever two or more of you gather, you're probably doing it wrong. Read full book review >
HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
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 >
NO ASHES IN THE FIRE by Darnell L. Moore
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 >
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 >