Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

BURQAS, BASEBALL, AND APPLE PIE by Ranya Tabari Idliby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A bold, intimate, welcome examination of reconciling one's faith in America."
One woman's personal examination of Muslim and American values. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"In-depth, supportive information on navigating the complex road of parenting twins."
Twiniversity website founder Diaz delivers a comprehensive guide for parents of twins, from prenatal care through the first year of child development. Read full book review >

STATUS UPDATE by Alice E. Marwick
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Skillful spadework on the underpinnings of a thriving Internet community."
An examination of social media and how it has transformed interactive online communication. Read full book review >
OUT OF TIME by Lynne Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Segal refers to multiple cultural touchstones in service of her writing; this book should become a touchstone itself for those interested in aging."
Extended meditations on aging. Read full book review >
HAPPY CITY by Charles Montgomery
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness."
Canadian journalist Montgomery (The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific, 2006) explores the many ideas and movements seeking to change the structures and souls of our cities to make them more meaningful, heart-gladdening places. Read full book review >

WHITE GIRLS by Hilton Als
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Als' work is so much more than simply writing about being black or gay or smart. It's about being human."
Meditations, appraisals, fictions and personal inquiries about sex, race, art and more from the longtime New Yorker staff writer and cultural critic. Read full book review >
INGENIOUS by Jason Fagone
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-tooled, instructive tale of ingenuity."
The story of the teams who, for $10 million in prize money from the X Prize Foundation, are striving to make a car that will travel 100 miles on the equivalent of a gallon of gas. Read full book review >
IF MAYORS RULED THE WORLD by Benjamin R. Barber
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."
Political theorist Barber (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, 2007, etc.) asks whether the world's cities, and the mayors who lead them, can come together as an alternative to the failures of the nation-state. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF GLAMOUR by Virginia Postrel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Interesting topic, impressive execution and stunning visual accompaniments."
Postrel (The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, 2003, etc.) offers a thoroughly researched, analytical, illustrated view on the characteristics, both keen and subtle, that qualify an object, person, event or location as glamorous. Read full book review >
THE NEW YORK NOBODY KNOWS by William B. Helmreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city."
Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Read full book review >
40 CHANCES by Howard G. Buffett
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An impressive example of how an individual's diligent work can truly affect the world."
Farmer and philanthropist Buffett (Threatened Kingdom: The Story of the Mountain Gorilla, 2005, etc.) examines how to improve the world's food supply and make it more secure. Read full book review >
PLAYING HOUSE by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A fiercely, lyrically honest memoir."
A psychologist and nonfiction writer's frank meditations on how she formed a family and learned to love the people in her life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >