Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >
VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >

ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS by Sujatha Gidla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Students of civil rights activism and South Asian societies will find much of value in Gidla's far-ranging narrative, dense with detail and anecdote."
Firsthand account of the lives of people categorized as the lowest of the low in India's caste system. Read full book review >
THE STARS IN OUR EYES by Julie Klam
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"Entertaining but shallow. Klam is perhaps too sensible a writer to care much about the filtered world of celebrities, and her fundamental indifference to the subject, no matter how she struggles to overcome it, makes the book seem less than essential."
A collection of essays on our culture's fascination with celebrities. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"Dense, comprehensive arguments certain to bring awareness to the epidemic of police brutality against historically vulnerable at-risk minority groups."
A race and gender researcher and equality activist delivers a thorough treatise on police brutality. Read full book review >

AMERICAN FIRE by Monica Hesse
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2017

"A true-crime saga that works in every respect."
A captivating narrative about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama. Read full book review >
POLICING THE BLACK MAN by Angela J.  Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >
NIGHT CLASS by Victor P.  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders."
An engaging, if unlikely, memoir of a scholar by day, club hopper by night. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome contribution to a once-vibrant anthropological literature without many recent entries."
A spirited ethnography of the ancestral peoples of the Kalahari. Read full book review >
FALL DOWN 7 TIMES GET UP 8 by Naoki Higashida
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. While the science is incomplete, Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow."
A young Japanese man's searching account of autism, following The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (2013). Read full book review >
READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle  Kuo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
COMING OF AGE by Deborah Beatriz  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A minor effort for readers interested in learning more about Mead's early life."
Blum (Bad Karma: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, 1986) reconstructs the five-year period of Margaret Mead's life leading up to and including her transformative trip to Samoa in 1925. 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 >