Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 6)

THE MATH MYTH by Andrew Hacker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"Hacker's arguments may convince some anxious students and be welcomed by their parents, but the reaction from academics is sure to be mixed."
A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics. Read full book review >
STAND BY ME by Jim Downs
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intelligent and thought-provoking though somewhat limited addition to the historical record of the gay liberation movement."
Downs (History/Connecticut Coll.; Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, 2012, etc.) aims to dispel the misconception that gay liberation in the 1970s was primarily focused on sexual freedom. Read full book review >

REDSKINS by C. Richard King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the meantime, King shows why this controversy matters well beyond the football field."
This academic analysis suggests that the team name of the NFL's Washington, D.C., franchise is both reprehensible and indefensible. Read full book review >
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Rebecca Traister
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"An easy read with lots of good anecdotes, a dose of history, and some surprising statistics, but its focus on one segment of one generation of single women is a drawback."
A feminist journalist argues that single women, who now outnumber married women in the United States, are changing society in major ways. Read full book review >
A MURDER OVER A GIRL by Ken Corbett
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 1, 2016

"An emotionally resonant account of a real-life tragedy."
A teenager's murder raises issues of bullying and homophobia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An uplifting testimonial to the power of unconditional familial love and acceptance."
A new family must regroup after their toddler exhibits gender ambivalence. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The old pep talk by another proficient motivational master, updated with references to Twitter, YouTube, and, of course, TED."
A self-help book from a communications coach and respected keynote speaker. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GIRLS by Nancy Jo Sales
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"For parents with young daughters, this book is an ice-cold, important wake-up call."
What happens to teenage girls when their social lives play out online? Read full book review >
Nani's Tale by Corey Fair
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 17, 2016

"A taut and rewarding tale about a young girl's frightening life and last-minute rescue.
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A little girl struggles to find love and salvation against terrifying odds in this debut novel. Read full book review >
SCHOOLS ON TRIAL by Nikhil Goyal
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A heartfelt but limited-scope plea for systemic change from a determined gadfly."
A journalist argues that conventional schools are oppressive, anti-democratic, and even harmful to children. Read full book review >
PLAYING AGAINST THE HOUSE by James D. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Walsh knows he's operating in 'a gray area of journalistic ethics,' and readers can decide whether he emerges on the right side."
A journalist navigates ethically tricky terrain as he helps attempt to organize union representation in Miami casinos. Read full book review >
ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES by Walidah Imarisha
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A brave, honest search for answers regarding incarceration."
An impassioned look inside the lives of a few inmates, "flawed, damaged, and culpable, but still human." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >