Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: April 3, 2018

"An insistently hopeful, fact-based booster shot for a doomsaying, world-weary population."
An influential thought leader puts a positive spin on global awareness. Read full book review >
SELFIE by Will Storr
Released: March 27, 2018

"Captivating, self-reflective research on our culture of rampant egocentricity."
Studying self-image from a variety of perspectives. Read full book review >

THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
THE NEW GIRL by Rhyannon Styles
Released: March 27, 2018

"An honest and helpfully specific journey through a life that has taken some unexpected turns, of interest to all open-minded readers and especially to transgender individuals and those who care about them."
Styles, who began transitioning from male to female at age 30 in 2012, looks back over the path of her life from childhood up to the present. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"An unsparing exposé of white supremacy among Northern elites."
How a 1960s-era campaign to open beaches to the public exposed Connecticut's deeply entrenched racism. Read full book review >
THE BURNING HOUSE by Anders Walker
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers unfamiliar with the anti-integration culture might find some of the invective difficult to process, but Walker skillfully presents his interpretations of his subjects' writing."
A law professor takes on the history of racial integration in the United States by focusing on well-known intellectuals who questioned whether integration was wise or desirable for African-Americans. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Programmers, social engineers, and management consultants are among the many audiences for this useful, thought-provoking book."
If it can be built, it can fall apart: a cautionary study in how complex systems can easily go awry. Read full book review >
ONE KISS OR TWO? by Andy Scott
Released: March 20, 2018

"A fresh, spirited look at cultural differences."
What accounts for the quirky variety of first encounters? Read full book review >
CLASS MATTERS by Steve Fraser
Released: March 20, 2018

"Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are."
An examination of the concept and reality of class in a putatively classless nation. Read full book review >
PATRIOT NUMBER ONE by Lauren Hilgers
Released: March 20, 2018

"This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting immensely from those who arrive from other shores."
Affecting portrait of a Chinese dissident who found a home among like-minded democrats in faraway New York. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Good ammunition for contrarians and well grounded in scholarly research."
Just say no: an examination of how the naysayers in the audience can help individuals and organizations make better decisions. 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 >