Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

MOTHERS by Jacqueline Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Clever, insightful essays on motherhood as 'the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings.'"
In her latest book, Rose (co-director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; Women in Dark Times, 2014, etc.) examines how motherhood is broken apart, chewed, and spat back out. Read full book review >
BORN WITH WINGS by Daisy Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A thorough memoir that would have benefited from deeper insights into how the author's faith carried her through crises and how she resolves conflicts between its requirements and those of secular Indian and American cultures."
The autobiography of a tireless advocate for women in Islam. Read full book review >

AMATEUR HOUR by Kimberly Harrington
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Bitterly hilarious in spots."
The modern motherhood memoir in a series of sardonic spoofs. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fresh rethinking of a crucial process in today's world."
A self-help business book that challenges conventional wisdom about networking. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"An important, first-of-its-kind book."
An in-depth study of misdemeanor justice in New York City. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"A well-informed, strongly argued perspective on a hot topic, but readership may be limited by the technical tone."
Legalistic, widely ranging jeremiad against the suppression of "hate speech." Read full book review >
BATTLE OVER OBAMACARE by Brendan W. Williams
Released: May 1, 2018

"Another volume of adroit, unclouded analysis."
A thorough overview of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in its later years. Read full book review >
WHAT MY LEFT HAND WAS DOING by Joann  Castle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying blend of American history and personal reflection."
Debut author Castle recounts a life devoted to social activism in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clearheaded reckoning with consequences of the tech industry's disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it."
An on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and what its power means for the rest of the world. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fairly straightforward conservative argument that partisan politics and lack of reverence for capitalism portend the demise of democracy."
A conservative political commentator sees democracy and capitalism in peril. Read full book review >
US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. 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 >