Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"For those inclined to believe that the end is not nigh and who would like to keep up with recent science, this book is a…well, not a godsend, but a gift all the same."
The bomb? The plague? Trump? Not to worry; things are getting better. So writes eternal optimist Pinker (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, 2011, etc.). 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: March 6, 2018

"A surprising look at societies grappling with profound change."
The unsettling transition from socialism to democracy leaves many people longing for the past. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX A BROKEN HEART by Guy Winch
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A good starting point for anyone who wants to check out of the Heartbreak Hotel."
A psychologist presents case studies to show that heartbreak may be inevitable, but it need not be terminal. Read full book review >

BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. Read full book review >
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. 13, 2018

"Hardly revolutionary, but sensible advice on how to nurture creativity."
Examining the lives of serial innovators reveals strong commonalities. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Concrete, straightforward advice on helping girls move beyond the anxiety, depression, and angst that plague so many as they strive toward adulthood."
Practical advice on raising well-adjusted girls. 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 >
A BETTER HUMAN by George J.  Bradley
Released: June 8, 2017

"A reinvigorated, modern approach to a reality-based philosophy."
A new look at the ancient ideas of Stoicism. Read full book review >
WOMEN AND POWER by Mary Beard
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman 'who dares to open her mouth in public' actually be given a hearing."
Noted classicist and essayist Beard (S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome, 2015, etc.) looks deep into the past and hard at the present to examine the power of women—and more often, their powerlessness—in a world of impatient men. 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 >