Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

A PRISON OF LIES by Robert Thomas Doran
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 7, 2012

"A confused and overstuffed tale of psychological illness and recovery."
A young man's traumatic failures in love drive him to madness in this debut book. Read full book review >
BEING THERE by Erica Komisar
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solid research and easy-to-follow advice about how to recognize 'the essential role of mothers in the lives of their children and mak[e] it easier for women to be there when it matters most.'"
Why it is so critical to be present in your child's early life. Read full book review >

THE NEW KOREANS by Michael Breen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2017

"A solid entry point into the lives of a people who have fully earned their place on the world stage."
An exploration of "the cultural emergence and…international awareness and acceptance of South Korean expression to a point of familiarity." Read full book review >
BEHAVING BADLY by Eden Collinsworth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2017

"A wide-ranging, breezy journey through a series of ethical minefields."
A nonscholarly discourse on manners, morality, ethics, and civility in these times of social upheaval. Read full book review >
DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE by Bruce D. Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A candid and profoundly personal contribution to America's racial history."
A family's story reflects social upheaval. Read full book review >

THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS by Rebecca Solnit
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"As always, Solnit is eloquent and sharply insightful."
A distinguished cultural critic tackles "the binaries and boundaries of gender" while examining the continuing evolution of feminism. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"The book will have some appeal for certain sectors of the sociology community, but it is likely too narrowly focused to reach a wider audience."
New York-born, Toronto-based writer Bovy debuts with an exploration of how the idea of "privilege" has morphed over the years and now "plays an enormous role in the online shaming culture." Read full book review >
BEYOND $15 by Jonathan Rosenblum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"An inspiring model for coalition-building."
A veteran (30-plus years) labor organizer tells the story of the Seattle-Tacoma area's successful $15-per-hour minimum wage campaign and looks forward to a future revival of the labor movement. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO HATE YOUR HUSBAND AFTER KIDS by Jancee Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A highly readable account of how solid research and personal testing of self-help techniques saved a couple's marriage after the birth of their child."
Self-help advice and personal reflections on avoiding spousal fights while raising children. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FOR WARDS COVE by Douglas M. Fryer
HISTORY
Released: July 16, 2016

"An outstandingly methodical commentary on the American legal system and its political components.
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An exhaustive account focuses on one of the most contentious court cases in U.S. history. Read full book review >
Evolution on Trial by Anonymous
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A defensive and unconvincing argument against evolutionary theory."
A debut work of nonfiction argues that the case for evolution turns out to be much weaker than widely assumed. Read full book review >
INEQUALITY by Harold Lewis Longaker
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 31, 2017

"Engaging, multifaceted discussions of a perennial economic issue."
A wide-ranging exploration of the origins of inequality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >