Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >
BLACK INK by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Revelatory, often moving essays by impressive writers."
Writers testify to the significance of reading and writing in their lives. 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 >
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: 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. 30, 2018

"An impassioned call for continued efforts for change."
A hard-hitting revisionist history of civil rights activism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman."
In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-documented and fresh perspective on Muslim society."
How an influx of working women is changing the Muslim world. Read full book review >
CAUSE by Gregory Smithsimon
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enjoyable, eye-opening pop science."
A wry, sometimes-arch look at flaws in the chain of reasoning that lead us to make ineffective choices, especially at the macro level of social reasoning. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"For fans of New York-iana, including historic preservation buffs as well as collectors of true crime, eccentrics, and odd moments."
A septet of Manhattan buildings becomes the setting for this study of prewar comings and goings on the part of their wealthy, famous, and criminal inhabitants. 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 >
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 >