Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Compelling childbirth narratives told from fresh perspectives."
Thirty-one female writers (including the editors) narrate their highly personal experiences of giving birth, beginning with the choices they made in advance, and how the reality compared with their expectations. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM by Astra Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture."
A filmmaker turns her high-powered intellect not just on the Internet and its effect on our lives, but also on the sociological and economic forces that bend and shape it. Read full book review >

Women, Feminism, and Islam by Adeel Zeerak
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 12, 2014

"A worthwhile read that corrects several misconceptions."
Zeerak (Islam: A Superior System of Life, 2012) considers the relationships between men and women and the role women play in Islam and the world. Read full book review >
A BIGGER PRIZE by Margaret Heffernan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"The step-by-step accumulation of argument and evidence is overwhelming in its thoroughness and attention to detail."
Entrepreneur Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2011, etc.) systematically deconstructs the social myths associated with hypercompetitiveness while providing a formidable case about how counterproductive, and even perverse, it can be. Read full book review >
WHY NUDGE? by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike."
Harvard Law School professor Sunstein (Simpler: The Future of Government, 2013, etc.) takes up the question of the limits to government power in this intriguing revision of the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence he gave at Yale in 2012. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An important book that should be required reading for educators, parents and school boards."
An educator offers a bold prescription to promote equality in America's public schools. Read full book review >
BORDER PATROL NATION by Todd Miller
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsettling but important read."
Solid, absorbing reportage on the government's racist and constitutionally questionable notions of border security in the post-9/11 world. Read full book review >
WISH YOU HAPPY FOREVER by Jenny Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Memorable and moving, Bowen's story is a gift straight from the heart. A great complement to Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky (2009)."
A social entrepreneur and former filmmaker's account of how adopting two Chinese daughters inspired her to help China reform its child welfare system from within. Read full book review >
HOLD TIGHT GENTLY by Martin Duberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A powerful book that displays both the malice and the nobility of our species."
An acclaimed historian and biographer returns with an intimate history of the AIDS crisis and its devastations. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
Mettler (Government/Cornell Univ.; The Submerged State:How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, 2011, etc.) delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR PEKPEK by Andrew L. Mack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A genuine adventure that often reads more like a report than a story."
A scientist looks back at his fascinating career and offers a pointed critique of mainstream conservation organizations. Read full book review >
BEYOND CONFLICT by Timothy Phillips
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 10, 2014

"An engaging book from an organization with an important, hopeful story to share."
A conflict-resolution organization looks back on the 20 years since its founding. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >