Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 6)

ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2017

"In this well-conceived book, the author demonstrates unforgettably that national borders constitute much more than lines on a map."
An exploration of the borderlands that deftly mixes memoir, groundbreaking sociology, deep reporting, and compelling writing. Read full book review >
20 WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS by Pamela Burke
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2017

"Activists of all descriptions will find encouragement in these uplifting, albeit brief, success stories filled with recommendations and ideas."
This compilation of interviews by debut editors Burke and Caso comes from The Women's Eye, a radio show and website celebrating the accomplishments of women working for change. Read full book review >

THE HIDDEN LIVES OF TUDOR WOMEN by Elizabeth Norton
NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Readers with a low toleration for outrage will have a difficult time, but most will find this a satisfying series of historical vignettes."
A portrait of "the diverse lives enjoyed—or endured—by women living in Tudor England, and together constituting a multifaceted impression of female humanity of the period." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >
VICE CAPADES by Mark Stein
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2017

"Witty and opinionated insight on how 'bad' behavior can morph into, out of, and back into favor over the course of time."
How and why the tolerances for debauchery have changed over the course of time. Read full book review >

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE by Mandy Len  Catron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
One woman ponders what it means to be in love. Read full book review >
DRUNKS by Christopher M. Finan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy treatment of recovery movements in American history, unsung heroes and all."
An appropriately harrowing account of booze and its discontents. Read full book review >
TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD by Anne Helen Petersen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, compelling collection of social and cultural criticism."
A BuzzFeed culture writer examines how some high-profile women defy cultural stereotypes about femininity. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >
HAVE BLACK LIVES EVER MATTERED? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2017

"A collection to rally the believers into action rather than persuade doubters or skeptics."
A series of manifestoes in black and white, without any shades of gray. Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >
GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS by Camille T. Dungy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Forthright, entertaining, often potent essays that successfully intertwine personal history and historical context regarding black and white in America."
A poet explores her experiences as a mother, teacher, black woman, and "conscientious outsider." 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 >