Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

WOULD YOU RATHER? by Katie Heaney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A quirky book that unfortunately does not help further the dialogue about the difficult experience of coming out."
A series of essays that document the difficult task of self-acceptance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Research and individual stories explain the special position of grandparents in a child's life in a book that is unquestionably functional but not as inspiring as Lesley Stahl's recent Becoming Grandma."
Studying the roles of 21st-century grandparents in a child's life. Read full book review >

STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Well-rendered popular American history that also speaks to present-day issues."
An eerily timely account of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A wake-up call for the American dream."
An edited transcript of a probing, provocative conversation on the national narrative in the Trump era. Read full book review >

WE MATTER by Etan Thomas
Released: March 6, 2018

"Voices of pain, anger, and hope resound through these pages—and through the reader's heart."
A former NBA player and current activist and MSNBC commentator returns with a collection of dozens of interviews on the subject of race in America—all supporting the efforts of athletes to speak out and up. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Useful fodder for the factually inclined and politically disgusted."
A British news anchor and economist turns a gimlet eye on the "post-truth era." Read full book review >
STRANGER by Jorge Ramos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Repetitive in places but not fatally so—a forceful, readable manifesto."
The celebrated Mexican-American journalist takes on the anti-immigration tenor of the Trump era. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Nothing earthshakingly new here, but an interesting and entertaining excursus that, in this post-truth era, may prove of use in helping unpack a specious claim or two."
How can I mislead you? Let me count the ways. Read full book review >
TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT by Sarah McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Reading McBride's inspiring story will make it harder to ostracize or demonize others with similar stories to share."
A brave transgender woman experiences both triumph and tragedy in this memoir of transitioning and so much more. Read full book review >
GETTING TO US by Seth Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Want to score big? Read a book, as many of Davis' coaches do. This one makes a good start."
A spirited survey of some of the techniques of winning coaches in building winning teams. Read full book review >
START HERE by Greg Berman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A brisk, thoughtful guide to mass incarceration alternatives, of interest to activists, lawyers, and forward-thinking law enforcement professionals."
A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration. 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 >