Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life."
A jeremiad suggesting our addiction to data may have made privacy obsolete. Read full book review >
THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR by Michael Hicks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though much of the writing is academically dry, this history is more provocative than readers may suspect."
A history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an institution that keeps most of its controversies behind closed doors. Read full book review >

IS SHAME NECESSARY? by Jennifer Jacquet
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sharp and surprising dissertation that puts the many facets of shame in a whole new light."
An intellectually stimulating discussion of shame and its enduring place in the digital age. Read full book review >
WIDE-OPEN WORLD by John Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A great armchair adventure that should inspire others to consider voluntourism as a way to help others and see the world."
One family's adventures volunteering in foreign countries. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A HUSBAND by Tim Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Tongue-in-cheek observations on married life coupled with poignant moments of true love and grief."
One man's humorous tips on navigating the complex marriage highway. Read full book review >

I AM NOT A SLUT by Leora Tanenbaum
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A significant, spirited analysis sure to be embraced by feminists and deserving of wide attention."
An enthusiastic update on the state of female sexual liberation in contemporary society. Read full book review >
MORE THAN HAPPY by Serena B. Miller
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A rich, entertaining compendium of thoughts on the Amish way of life."
An analysis of family life in Amish communities. Read full book review >
THE OCCUPIERS by Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A valuable view of the explosive movement that gave voice to outrage over our new gilded age."
Sociology doctoral student Gould-Wartofsky debuts with an inside look at the "new, new Left" that emerged when fewer than 2,000 people seized New York City's Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, in 2011, sparking similar protest rallies against the wealthiest "1 Percent" in some 1,500 towns and cities. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Sound advice on managing family finances but only if you have sufficient finances to manage."
Talking big bucks with the smallest members of your household will make the world a better place argues New York Times personal finance columnist Lieber (co-author: Taking Time Off, 2003, etc.).Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH POST-BLACKNESS by Houston A. Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A thoughtful, if not gentle, scholarly refutation of a controversial claim of a post-racial society."
What does it mean to be black in America now? A wide variety of scholars and deep thinkers respond in these essays on race, society, art and more. Read full book review >
NEW RULES OF THE GAME by Susan Packard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A straightforward guide to success that deserves a prime spot on the bookshelves of career women aspiring to reach the highest corporate ranks."
A variety of no-nonsense strategies for women who aspire to be leaders in business. Read full book review >
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A moving essay that should find its way into the hands of all students and teachers to provoke new conversation and awareness."
An enchanting plea by the award-winning Nigerian novelist to channel anger about gender inequality into positive change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >