Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"That inspiration is needed, along with a lot of hard work. A timely, rewarding book."
The world is flat, New York Times columnist Friedman told us in his bestselling 2005 book of that name. Now things are getting worse, and the clock is ticking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An essential addition to the alpine pile of books about Woolf."
The largely untold stories of the live-in servants who eased, enriched, complicated and frustrated the domestic tranquility of Virginia Woolf and others in her circle. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A top-flight interpretation of a time, its music and its strange doings—which still look pretty good compared to now."
A fan's lucid notes on a time when the hope or fear, depending on one's viewpoint, of "a violent assault on the established order" occupied minds, megaphones and microphones. Read full book review >
EPILOGUE by Anne Roiphe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"As fragile and as haunting as memory itself."
A spare, trembling and troubling memoir of loss from recently widowed novelist and social commentator Roiphe (An Imperfect Lens, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2008

"Top-notch science writing: stimulating and useful information conveyed in accessible prose."
An absorbing account of our genetically programmed need for each other's company. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2008

"A sobering reminder of just how deep-seated is the instinct to destroy other people's truths."
Venezuelan historian Báez spent what must have been 12 depressing years assembling this horrific chronicle of the centuries-long assault on human memory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An important contribution to the scholarly literature about one of the seminal events in European history."
Masterful analysis of the conditions Jews faced in the allied countries before and during World War II. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE by Slavoj Žižek
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Compelling and provocative philosophical work."
The Slovene philosopher (In Defense of Lost Causes, 2008, etc.) defines the many facets of violence in the postmodern era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Evocative, entertaining and often suspenseful—sports history at a very high standard."
Timely, illuminating account of the 17th Olympiad, with its many firsts, including the first doping scandal in Olympic history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"Personal tragedy and triumph, related with amazing perspective against an epic backdrop."
A Vietnamese family struggles for security as three decades of conflict tear an ancient society to shreds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2008

"A rich and masterful memoir with great value for aspiring practitioners of the genre, as well as discerning readers."
Vanity Fair writer at large Brenner (Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women, 2000, etc.) pens an absorbing account of her fractious relationship with her brother. Read full book review >
THAT SUMMER IN SICILY by Marlena de Blasi
NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 2008

"Swift, sinuous, deep and brimming with cultural artifacts."
From de Blasi (The Lady in the Palazzo, 2007, etc.), a fragrant tale of life and love in the mountains of Sicily. 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 >