Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

AND THE SPIRIT MOVED THEM by Helen LaKelly Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"The faith-based argument is not always convincing, but the author's call for renewed feminist action, based on 'the spirit and ethic of love,' makes for timely reading."
The story of the abolitionists of the early to mid-19th century who set the stage for women's campaign for equality and the vote. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 7, 2017

"An informed, important exposé of the nation's institutionalized racism that would have been even more reader-friendly with the inclusion of more individual case histories."
How government policies have perpetuated the caste system of slavery. Read full book review >

AWAKENING by Nathaniel Frank
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 24, 2017

"Frank's strikingly detailed, essential reportage reminds readers of the gay community's enduring fight for equality."
A diligent archive of gay marriage equality from its roots as a hopeful pipe dream to its realization as a civil right. Read full book review >
MASTERS OF CRAFT by Richard E. Ocejo
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 9, 2017

"A close-up and often entertaining look at new service jobs in an urban economy."
How formerly low-status jobs have become cool, creative careers. Read full book review >
BEAUTY SICK by Renee Engeln
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thorough research and helpful personal stories effectively relay the dilemma that nearly all women face on a daily basis."
How real women continue to struggle to reach the fictitious goal of having the perfect body. Read full book review >

IT'S UP TO THE WOMEN by Eleanor Roosevelt
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 2017

"Roosevelt's advice may no longer be strictly relevant, but the book is still valuable as a historical document."
Eleanor Roosevelt's first book, a tract of practical advice aimed at women, is back in print. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"A remarkably exhaustive account of one of the 20th century's—and perhaps the 21st century's as well—most impactful ideologies."
A book offers a comprehensive tour of the history of socialism. Read full book review >
POST GRAD by Caroline Kitchener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Candid revelations that fail to inspire much empathy."
Five women face emptiness and stress after they leave college. Read full book review >
A HOMELESS PANIC by James Lough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Narrow in scope, this homeless tale still offers a testimonial with undeniable value."
A first-person account explores homelessness in Massachusetts. Read full book review >
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >
MIGRANT, REFUGEE, SMUGGLER, SAVIOR by Peter Tinti
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sobering reading but of great interest to those seeking context for so many recent headlines."
Advocacy journalism in the service of the refugees, most from Africa and the Middle East, who are now flooding Europe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >