Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: May 1, 2018

"A fresh rethinking of a crucial process in today's world."
A self-help business book that challenges conventional wisdom about networking. Read full book review >
THE FEARS OF THE RICH, THE NEEDS OF THE POOR by William H. Foege
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2018

"A straightforward, informative chronicle of the CDC and one of its most dedicated, prominent officials."
Wisdom gleaned throughout the career of the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read full book review >

BULLSHIT JOBS by David Graeber
Released: May 15, 2018

"Overlong, but the book offers comfort to those who are performing the white-collar version of burger-flipping and hating every minute of it."
Forget Piketty or Marx. Graeber (Anthropology/London School of Economics; The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, 2015, etc.) is calling bullshit when it comes to the wage-slave economy. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"An important, first-of-its-kind book."
An in-depth study of misdemeanor justice in New York City. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"Parents and educators will discover a wealth of information to inspire and help 'make childhood a better place.'"
An informative road map for those who want to maximize their children's material environment. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"There's a catharsis for all by the end but no smooth path or easy arrival."
A journalist comes to terms with the murder his beloved older brother committed, and a family tries to find some sort of redemption. Read full book review >
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA by Craig  Considine
Released: June 30, 2018

"A book on the American Muslim experience that's brimming with information, although it also misses opportunities to tackle some difficult questions."
Considine (Sociology/Rice Univ.; Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora, 2017) explores questions and answers about the lives of Muslims in the United States. Read full book review >
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CUP OF JOE by Joseph  Braithwaite
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"Brief, blunt, and buoyant; offers a refreshing jolt of inspiration."
Braithwaite, who describes himself as "a working-class guy who just wouldn't give up on his dreams," debuts with a neatly constructed miniguide touching on some of life's larger issues. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fairly straightforward conservative argument that partisan politics and lack of reverence for capitalism portend the demise of democracy."
A conservative political commentator sees democracy and capitalism in peril. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"Candid testimony from impressive and influential women."
African-American women contributed significantly to the campaign for racial justice. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A book rich in speculation about how collective thinking might solve big problems such as climate change; of interests to fans of Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and other big-picture thinkers."
Forget artificial intelligence. Instead, think collective intelligence, putting "AI in combination with humans who provide whatever skills and general intelligence the machines don't yet have themselves." 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 >