Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 6)

THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE by Michael Booth
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Blithely reporting on the many quirks in dress (Norwegian dirndls), food (an odiferous Icelandic fish specialty) and excessive drinking (everywhere) that he encountered on his journeys, Booth offers an affectionate, observant, engaging look at Scandinavia, where trust, modesty and equality proudly prevail."
A shrewd look at Nordic life. Read full book review >
FLASHPOINTS by George Friedman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A thoughtful, uncluttered treatise considering Europe's intractable patterns of unemployment, immigration and racism."
This nonacademic but erudite view of European history shows that the 20th century's trauma of war and violence is not quite behind us. Read full book review >

UNREQUITED by Lisa A. Phillips
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Compassionate and, perhaps for some readers, encouraging."
A sympathetic exploration of the misunderstood phenomenon of women and "the stubbornness of romantic obsession." Read full book review >
THE ITALIANS by John Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people."
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. Read full book review >
LOVE, AGAIN by Eve Pell
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An entertaining look at older romance that should encourage baby boomers to get out there and mingle."
How and why older couples have searched for and found new loves. Read full book review >

CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Roger Rosenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"When you hear it, you know."
An improvisational, personal meditation on the subject of love. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis."
New debates about the worthiness of standardized testing in schools. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL by Jessica Neuwirth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Neuwirth makes a good case that ratification is the right thing to do, but her matter-of-fact style won't do much to rally the troops."
A legal manifesto to revive the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A solid resource for parents and educators working with middle school girls; the program goals can be adapted to other issues."
Leadership consultant Radin's debut book describes her after-school program that empowers middle school girls through animal rescue. The book was co-authored by health and fitness writer Goldman (Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth about Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the "Perfect" Body, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >
BOOM, BUST, EXODUS by Chad Broughton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Though somewhat academic and consistently grim, Broughton's book provides ample documentation of a central truth of late-American history—namely, that capital has no country."
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. As this sociological study shows, that, at least, is what they tell the eggs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >