Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A by-the-numbers business book stuffed with case studies of success and failure but also with good material for priming the pump."
An exhortation to raise one's freak flag, dust off that notebook full of plans and dreams, and set up shop. Read full book review >
NOBODY WANTS TO EAT THEM ALIVE by Gayane F. Torosyan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2017

"A detailed but concise study that presents a unique look at the sociological role of a common animal."
An academic assessment of media coverage of rabbits. Read full book review >

ANOTHER FINE MESS by Helen Epstein
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sizzling indictment of Uganda's current strongman and of the American policy in Africa that supports his corrupt regime with generous foreign aid."
A valiant attempt to disentangle the many threads snarled in the continuing African tragedy. Read full book review >
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. Read full book review >
WE NEED TO TALK by Celeste  Headlee
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful discussion and sometimes-passionate plea for civility and consideration in conversation."
In this era of social media and increasing political and cultural polarization, we need to think more about how and why we converse with one another. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A highly disquieting but important investigation of one of the most influential subcultures in American higher education."
A chilling exposé of American fraternity life. Read full book review >
BEFORE I HAD THE WORDS by Skylar  Kergil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An unremarkable but honest account of the young life of a transgender person."
A transgender person tells the story of his transition. Read full book review >
THE SUFFRAGENTS by Brooke Kroeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too."
An account of the role men played in pressing the case for women's voting rights in the early years of the last century. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A convincing argument that the only viable, proven school reform strategy is integration, a solution distressingly difficult to achieve."
An exploration of how minority and poor children continue to be the victims of pernicious educational reforms. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERION DYNASTY by Roger Wells
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"An invitingly strange meditation on the mind."
Debut author Wells delivers a philosophical investigation of the inner workings of the human mind. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Much too long but full of intriguing revelations and even a little skulduggery—though conspiracy theorists still won't find all the keys here."
An overstuffed history of the secret clubs that have been part of Yale University tradition since its earliest years. 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 >