Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

AMERICAN HOOKUP by Lisa Wade
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An eye-opening, conversation-starting examination of sex on the American college campus."
How and why American college students are engaging in nonintimate one-night stands. Read full book review >
AGAINST EMPATHY by Paul Bloom
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Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An intriguing counterattack to modern psychological cynicism."
The potential of empathy to lead to cruelty prompts Bloom (Psychology/Yale Univ.; Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, 2013, etc.) to promote the function of compassion, which is informed by rational deliberation. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While writing about the first lady, most of these perceptive essayists are also writing about themselves and their country, showing the shifts in perception and possibility that she has helped inspire."
A collection of essays that genuflect before a first lady like no other. Read full book review >
THE NEW ODYSSEY by Patrick Kingsley
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Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A powerful firsthand account of a crisis that will continue to receive even more attention in the years to come."
Bravely following the refugee crisis from the Middle East to the European Union as it gains volume and urgency. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite its subtitle, this uneven book is less a self-help manual than a recommendation to remove one's sexual boundaries, with good results guaranteed."
In this debut memoir, the co-founder of a famous clothing-optional resort and, later, of a sanctuary for wild cats, describes her experiences. Read full book review >

REST by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A useful holiday gift at a time when New Year's resolutions will be on the agenda."
Why being a workaholic is not the key to greater productivity. Read full book review >
PAYOFF by Dan Ariely
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A mostly provocative account of how inner turmoil drives us."
The latest in the TED series: a quirky exploration of the mysteries behind human motivation, in business and relationships. Read full book review >
JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >
THE MOSAIC PRINCIPLE by Nick Lovegrove
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Lovegrove balances his book neatly between the nuts-and-bolts approach to being successful and the more philosophical sense of understanding yourself first before seeking to change the world for others."
Making the case for a mindful approach to career and life development. Read full book review >
Nigeria: A Failed State by Robert Nwadiaru
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Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An impassioned, eye-opening take on a critical African nation."
Political repression, rampant corruption, ethnic and sectarian strife, crumbling infrastructure, energy shortages, and an economy hooked on oil and mining all make Africa's most populous country a basket case, according to this hard-hitting jeremiad. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Despite its flaws, this work delivers a well-deserved tribute to a group that's been abused and overlooked; the volume should be useful for scholars and others seeking particular people, places, and themes for their research."
An academic traces the contributions of African-Americans to the United States and the world. Read full book review >
Americana A Civics Handbook by Mary B. Mackley
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 20, 2015

"A valuable resource for a wide array of interested parties, from students to recent immigrants of all ages."
A debut civics book delivers the basics of American government. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >