Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
An expanded version of Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2006

"Important reading for young and old alike."
Lawyer and activist Schiff resurrects nine little-known heroines who played a crucial role in America's humanitarian development. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A hallmark, essential to an understanding of the civil-rights movement, Dr. King and 20th-century America."
Branch closes his monumental trilogy on Martin Luther King Jr. with gravity and grace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2006

"One of the curiouser books to appear of late—sure to attract attention."
A fascinating, truly weird account of a female journalist who dresses in drag for 18 months in order to feel men's pain. Read full book review >
THE LEAP by Nasser Rida
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 16, 2006

"An exceedingly reasonable proposal for reforming Muslim marriage."
Rida believes that he has found a sensible, lawful way to help solve the problem of divorce in Muslim cultures. Read full book review >

WHITE ON BLACK by Ruben Gallego
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"A rich, haunting and deceptively simple work."
Short, sharp stunner of a memoir of a youth spent in a series of Russian children's homes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 2005

"A worthy companion to V. K. Arseniev's Dersu the Trapper, Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams and other landmark books of the Far North."
Extraordinary fieldnotes from the remotest fringes of the reindeer economy. Read full book review >
TRIKSTA by Nik Cohn
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2005

"A unique and intoxicating blend of personal and urban history, music-biz thrill ride and unintentional elegy for a way of life now wiped from the earth."
At a crossroads in his life, itinerant writer and music dabbler Cohn (Yes We Have No, 1999, etc.) dives into the messy realm of the New Orleans rap scene. Read full book review >
TEACHER MAN by Frank McCourt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"The teaching profession's loss is the reading public's gain, entirely."
McCourt's latest memoir focuses on what 'Tis (1999) gave short shrift to: his life as a teacher. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An important work by an eyewitness to the events of the 20th century."
Personal history from a towering figure in U.S. historical circles and a key player in our current understanding of race in America. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA WOOLF by Julia Briggs
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A sober, sympathetic profile that amply fulfills the author's goal: 'to lead readers back to [Woolf's] work with a fresh sense of what they might find there.'"
Exemplary literary biography eschewing Bloomsbury gossip and psycho-sexual speculation in favor of what really matters: the English writer's groundbreaking writing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A wholly fascinating, evocative glimpse of a harsh, lost world."
Disarmingly captivating memoir of an Englishman's coming-of-age among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. 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 >