Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

STUFFOCATION by James Wallman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2015

"A provocative, challenging discourse likely to spur some to action."
A reasoned and passionate argument for culling the clutter and plugging into the joys of experiential living. Read full book review >
OUR KIDS by Robert D. Putnam
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2015

"An insightful book that paints a disturbing picture of the collapse of the working class and the growth of an upper class that seems to be largely unaware of the other's precarious existence."
A political scientist calls attention to the widening class-based opportunity gap among young people in the United States. Read full book review >

LOVING LEARNING by Tom Little
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"Little's enthusiasm and passion for the potential of progressive schools burn on every page and offer hope for a better way forward."
One of the leaders of the progressive education movement reflects on ways to improve more than just standardized test scores. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >

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 >
THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE by Michael Booth
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Blithely reporting on the many quirks in dress (Norwegian dirndls), food (an odiferous Icelandic fish specialty) and excessive drinking (everywhere) that he encountered on his journeys, Booth offers an affectionate, observant, engaging look at Scandinavia, where trust, modesty and equality proudly prevail."
A shrewd look at Nordic life. Read full book review >
Germs Are Us: by Melvin A.  Benarde
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"An occasionally icky but always fascinating guide to the ecosystem within."
Benarde covers everything you wanted to know—and some of what you didn't—about the interactions of humans and the microbes that live with us in this engrossing exploration of the human biome. Read full book review >
THE ITALIANS by John Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people."
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. Read full book review >
CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Roger Rosenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"When you hear it, you know."
An improvisational, personal meditation on the subject of love. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis."
New debates about the worthiness of standardized testing in schools. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >