Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. Read full book review >
THE SOCIOLOGIST’S EYE by Kai Erikson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A useful, illuminating analysis bolstered by a lifetime of close observation."
A man who has devoted his life to studying society delivers a final report on everything he has learned. Read full book review >

NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Some of the advice may sound glib or repetitive, but Little gives readers a sense of how they can make significant changes in their lives."
A chatty book based on scientific research shows how personal choice can inform as much of our personality—and destiny—as genetics and environment. Read full book review >
GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Useful guidance for newly minted job hunters."
An argument for the usefulness of a major in liberal arts. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Scholarly in tone and approach but accessible and of interest to students of business history as well as to budding entrepreneurs."
Survey history of the alt-commerce movement that connects some major players in the modern retail space with the counterculture of the 1960s. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A solid but not groundbreaking chronicle of women's long, excruciating fights for laughs."
The struggle to do stand-up comedy while female. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A book of broad application with useful lessons for everyone from Girl Scouts to corporate masters to world leaders—and aspiring spies, too."
"You don't work for your country by being greedy and playing dirty, day after day." FBI agent Dreeke delivers a pragmatic, patriotic recipe for the key ingredient of leadership: trust. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fascinating and necessary critical work."
An acclaimed children's literature scholar picks up the mantle of Walter Dean Myers, Nancy Larrick, and others by exploring the ways in which the lack of diversity in children's literature negatively affects American culture as a whole. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"One can agree with most of Merrow's points without seeing the path forward to the more studentcentric schools he envisions."
From an award-winning career as an education correspondent, Merrow (The Influence of Teachers, 2011, etc.) sees a nation desperately in need of recovery from addiction to testing and pouring good money after bad. Read full book review >
BITCH DOCTRINE by Laurie Penny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polemical writing at its thoughtful best."
A noted British feminist writer tackles gender, sexism, identity, and power issues in a world being laid waste by "kamikaze capitalism." 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 >