Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Informative and often entertaining—good reading for anyone looking into the crystal ball for a glimpse of the world a quarter-century from now."
Travels in the China of the aspiring, wanting young. Read full book review >
DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT by Michael Idov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Breezy but informative and especially useful for readers contemplating a move to Russia for business or pleasure."
A sometimes-jokey but insightful insider's guide to modern Russia and the Russian mind. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"A useful gathering of solid assessments of young children and the educational systems available to them."
How to ensure the best education possible for school-age children. Read full book review >
JOURNEY INTO EUROPE by Akbar Ahmed
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Academic but of considerable interest to any student of current affairs and geopolitics."
A dense but rewarding anthropological account of European reactions to Islam and Muslim immigrant communities, and vice versa. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A thoughtful historical account of a legal campaign that formed one of the main pillars for Brown v. Board of Education. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Research and individual stories explain the special position of grandparents in a child's life in a book that is unquestionably functional but not as inspiring as Lesley Stahl's recent Becoming Grandma."
Studying the roles of 21st-century grandparents in a child's life. Read full book review >
STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
HALFWAY by Tom Macher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fresh voice examining addiction and recovery through its sustaining relationships."
A bleak yet affecting memoir about a teenage alcoholic's experience in recovery-oriented halfway houses, focusing on bonds of desperate camaraderie. Read full book review >
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! by Beverly Bond
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An inspiring collection."
An entrepreneur and two-time NAACP Image Award winner profiles successful black women from across the globe working in all fields of endeavor. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. Read full book review >
HIDING OUT by Tina Alexis Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A writer candidly confronts her personal truth in her quest for transformation, transcendence, and redemption."
An actress and producer chronicles the process of how she turned overcoming childhood trauma into a career. 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 >