Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

IN AMERICA by Caitríona Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear."
A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
REAL WOMEN'S STORIES by Beth Kallman Werner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2017

"The best of these pieces stand on their own but also serve as invitations for responses by other aspiring writers."
A collection of brief essays in an annual volume by emerging writers recounting women's experiences in the world. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"As the author shows, chasing prosperity is rather different from catching prosperity."
An exploration of contemporary Mozambique, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A weighty and robust history of a people disappeared from their own community."
The life, death, and diaspora of an American community. Read full book review >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Solid, timeless advice for parents who haven't read other books along these lines."
Why children need more control of their own lives and how to achieve it. Read full book review >
TREATING PEOPLE WELL by Lea Berman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"There's a shortage of books of advice to courtiers in the world. This one may not be quite in the league of Judith Martin, to say nothing of Machiavelli, but it's still highly entertaining and highly useful."
Have an urge to tweet, angrily, in the middle of the night? You might wish to curb it after reading this guide to modern manners by two former White House staffers. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDE by Jason Hickel
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Sure to distress the neoliberals in the audience but a powerful case for reform in the cause of economic justice."
A sharply argued analysis of the traditional explanations for wealth and poverty in the world, offering a program for easing misery while addressing structural inequalities. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An impassioned call for continued efforts for change."
A hard-hitting revisionist history of civil rights activism. Read full book review >
IN PRAISE OF DIFFICULT WOMEN by Karen Karbo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Inspiring reading about women who have shown 'that it's all right to occupy our humanity.'"
Karbo (Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, 2013, etc.) sketches the lives of 29 extraordinary women. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A brief but sensible entry in the abortion wars."
A law professor brings her learned perspective and anecdotal evidence to one of the world's most controversial topics. 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 >