Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A comprehensive and insightful look at the intersection of health care and government."
A book chronicles an ailing public academic health center's transformation into an independent corporation. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2017

"A bipartisan and commonsensical study of U.S. disharmony, though somewhat lacking in originality."
A book delivers a synopsis of the cleavages that divide Americans and some potential solutions. Read full book review >

WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA by Elizabeth Catte
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype."
A terse rebuttal to the vision of Appalachia popularized by J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A welcome operator's manual for parents of school-age children, inside or outside the K-12 paradigm."
A manifesto with a lesson plan: home-schooling champion Bauer (The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, 2015, etc.) continues her case for educating outside the system. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enough material for a solid magazine piece, stretched out to fill a book. Skip to the last chapter."
Advice for parents on how to deal with the intrusion of digital media into family life. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Of great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well."
An argument for decentralized government at the urban and municipal levels, where interesting economic and political trends are shaping up in the bargain. Read full book review >
WHEN by Daniel H. Pink
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers."
If you want a raise, ask the boss in the morning—but never at 2:55 in the afternoon. The reason? Ask pop-science writer Pink (To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, 2012, etc.), who examines what happens when in daily life. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE CODE by Daniel Coyle
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Nothing world-shaking, but a good thing to stuff into the briefcase for the next train or plane ride."
Pop science meets a business pep talk in a useful primer on building better organizations. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE by John Leland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."
New York Times reporter Leland (Why Kerouac Matters, 2007, etc.) chronicles the year he spent communing with the "oldest old," gleaning as much of value about his own life as about those he followed. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Moving and informative stories of 'uncommonly intimate and enduring' interabled partnerships."
A collection of stories of interabled couples who navigate their issues with success. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lively, perceptive refresher course on the politics of pot."
A comprehensive history of marijuana legalization in America. 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 >