Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
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 >

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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"From a scholarly activist, a solid and encouraging piece of research on the status of human rights around the world."
A scholarly rebuttal to those who are pessimistic about the progress of human rights. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A highly disquieting but important investigation of one of the most influential subcultures in American higher education."
A chilling exposé of American fraternity life. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A convincing argument that the only viable, proven school reform strategy is integration, a solution distressingly difficult to achieve."
An exploration of how minority and poor children continue to be the victims of pernicious educational reforms. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The author's humane proposal for economic reform, far from impractical, makes for provocative reading for development specialists."
A book to make Wall Street quake—if Wall Street paid attention to the developing world. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A RELUCTANT DREAMER by Alberto  Ledesma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention."
Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma (Graduate Diversity Director/Univ. of California) recounts his own experience of "the immigrant experience," with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. Read full book review >
LITTLE SOLDIERS by Lenora  Chu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An informative, personal view of the Chinese and their educational system that will have many American readers cringing at the techniques used by the Chinese to create perfect students."
A comparison of American and Chinese education systems based on the author's observations of her young son. Read full book review >
WE NEED TO TALK by Celeste  Headlee
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful discussion and sometimes-passionate plea for civility and consideration in conversation."
In this era of social media and increasing political and cultural polarization, we need to think more about how and why we converse with one another. 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 >