Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

CAUSE by Gregory Smithsimon
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enjoyable, eye-opening pop science."
A wry, sometimes-arch look at flaws in the chain of reasoning that lead us to make ineffective choices, especially at the macro level of social reasoning. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"For fans of New York-iana, including historic preservation buffs as well as collectors of true crime, eccentrics, and odd moments."
A septet of Manhattan buildings becomes the setting for this study of prewar comings and goings on the part of their wealthy, famous, and criminal inhabitants. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE by John Leland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."
New York Times reporter Leland (Why Kerouac Matters, 2007, etc.) chronicles the year he spent communing with the "oldest old," gleaning as much of value about his own life as about those he followed. Read full book review >
NORWICH by Karen  Crouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An inspiring story of a unique town."
In her debut, a New York Times sportswriter explores why a small town in Vermont has become the "perfect incubator for developing the ideal Olympic athlete." Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In a sure-to-be-controversial book, Hari delivers a weighty, well-supported, persuasive argument against treating depression pharmaceutically."
Mining the root causes of depression and anxiety. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A book of good intentions and helpful advice and a worthy manual for spouses."
Of midlife crises and all the ways a marriage can go south. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A mature, expansive contemplation of wholeness and a highly satisfying read."
A gender study examines the "wild woman" archetype in the context of female sexuality and relationships. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation."
Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. 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 >