Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

THE STATE OF AFFAIRS by Esther  Perel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Poignant stories of couples facing the aftermath of an affair and the highly knowledgeable analysis and advice they received from a well-trained couples' therapist."
A veteran therapist's approach to thinking about extramarital affairs. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This welcome and insightful book joins a small shelf of essential titles—Arlie Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land is another—that help explain why and how the Trump presidency happened."
"Trump isn't crazy, but our society is." Read full book review >

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An impassioned call for an 'overarching movement' for justice."
How poor people are being punished for their poverty. Read full book review >
NASTY WOMEN by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Strong, thoughtful, and angry voices ring out for resistance, empathy, and solidarity."
Women essayists reflect on Trump, Clinton, and the prospects for feminism. Read full book review >

REAL IMPACT by Morgan  Simon
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A cleareyed case for socially conscious investment, of much interest to those who want their dollars to do good."
Investment adviser Simon outlines the concept of impact investment, "the practice of investing not just for profit, but also for social benefit." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2016

"An uneven book about America's black community that offers provocative ideas."
An author details his search for leadership and his plan to address the continuing effects of slavery. Read full book review >
VALUES & ETHICS by Jason A. Merchey
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2017

"An endlessly engrossing catalog of philosophical conversations."
In this collection of interviews, accomplished luminaries discuss various dimensions of ethical life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"An admirably innovative reflection on the evolution of human consciousness."
A reconsideration of evolution proposes an alternative to both Darwinism and creationism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2017

"A storehouse of timely advice well-suited to the intended audience."
A guidebook for millennials that helps them navigate a shifting business landscape. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A potent book that gives faces and voices to trends that are too often reduced to cold statistics and academic analyses."
A humanized illumination of the challenges facing developing countries as climate change accelerates the race to the bottom. 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 >