Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

THE MYSTERION DYNASTY by Roger Wells
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"An invitingly strange meditation on the mind."
Debut author Wells delivers a philosophical investigation of the inner workings of the human mind. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Much too long but full of intriguing revelations and even a little skulduggery—though conspiracy theorists still won't find all the keys here."
An overstuffed history of the secret clubs that have been part of Yale University tradition since its earliest years. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vital contribution to a discussion that should be at the top of world leaders' agendas."
A clear argument that the world needs a new approach to refugee policy. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE by Douglas  Murray
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"With violence erupting in Europe and America's new anti-immigration policies, this audacious work will find its readers."
A timely work that blames Europe's current immigration disaster on the Europeans' misplaced guilt and fatally good intentions. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Neuman concisely explains how these gilded women have been airbrushed out of history, resented by those who felt exploited, but thankfully, they succeeded, and women vote today because of them."
Setting the record straight on the driving forces in the early-20th-century fight for women's suffrage. Read full book review >

A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY by Alexis  Okeowo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest."
Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The author's argument would benefit from more specific policy recommendations, but it still offers much for urban activists and disaffected Gothamites to chew on."
A searching look at how New York changed from a place of affordable (if tiny) walk-ups to a playground for the ultrawealthy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urban activists in other cities have much to learn from New York's experience, and González's book makes a good place to start."
A leading Latino journalist looks at the left-populist uprising that brought Bill de Blasio into the New York mayor's office and sharpened the nation's blue-red divide. Read full book review >
THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. Read full book review >
ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. 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 >