Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: May 15, 2018

"A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing."
Noted culinary writer Pollan (Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, 2013, etc.) makes the transition from feeding your body to feeding your head. Read full book review >
KICKFLIP BOYS by Neal Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A highly candid memoir of parenthood that often fascinates and occasionally frustrates as the author tries to come to terms with the causes that have produced these particular effects."
Permissive parenting clashes with adolescent rebellion amid the skateboarding subculture. Read full book review >

Released: May 15, 2018

"A powerful and necessarily uncomfortable text lacking suggestions for a path forward."
The impassioned story of one woman's journey into activism. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A book rich in speculation about how collective thinking might solve big problems such as climate change; of interests to fans of Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and other big-picture thinkers."
Forget artificial intelligence. Instead, think collective intelligence, putting "AI in combination with humans who provide whatever skills and general intelligence the machines don't yet have themselves." Read full book review >
BULLSHIT JOBS by David Graeber
Released: May 15, 2018

"Overlong, but the book offers comfort to those who are performing the white-collar version of burger-flipping and hating every minute of it."
Forget Piketty or Marx. Graeber (Anthropology/London School of Economics; The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, 2015, etc.) is calling bullshit when it comes to the wage-slave economy. 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 >
THE ART OF GATHERING by Priya Parker
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 >
LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR by Yossi Klein Halevi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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 >
THE FEARS OF THE RICH, THE NEEDS OF THE POOR by William H. Foege
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2018

"A straightforward, informative chronicle of the CDC and one of its most dedicated, prominent officials."
Wisdom gleaned throughout the career of the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read full book review >
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: May 8, 2018

"An exciting look at London's queer history and a tribute to the 'various human worlds maintained in [the city's] diversity despite persecution, condemnation, and affliction.'"
A history of the development of London as the European epicenter of queer life. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." 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 >