Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

THE LADY IN THE PALAZZO by Marlena de Blasi
Released: Jan. 26, 2007

A third sumptuous volume about the author's quest to find a home in Italy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 2007

"Eaton investigates what it truly means to say we will leave no child behind—and asks if we have the commitment to live up to that promise."
A compelling scrutiny of the resegregation of American public schools, and of those fighting against a return to the bad old days. Read full book review >

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY by Stanley N. Alpert
Released: Jan. 18, 2007

"Stark and honest."
A federal attorney gets kidnapped off a Manhattan street. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A readable account of the intersection of Lincoln and Douglass's careers, but an even better demonstration of the interplay between the agendas of passionate, single-minded reformers who prepare the public for change, and the talented politicians who master the art of the possible."
A sharp analysis by Oakes (History/City University of New York; Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South, 1998, etc.) of how Lincoln the politician and Douglass the reformer worked, separately and together, to abolish slavery in America. Read full book review >
POSTER CHILD by Emily Rapp
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Rapp has excelled again: This book is a blessing."
Mature and graceful debut memoir about a childhood struggle to be perfect. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Sweeping and powerful."
Medical ethicist and journalist Washington details the abusive medical practices to which African-Americans have been subjected. Read full book review >
THE HARBOR BOYS by Hugo Hamilton
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Superbly written and nuanced narrative in which Hamilton's experiences coalesce to overcome a burden of unjustified guilt."
Coming of age in the 1960s, the author struggles with the post-World War II angst of his German mother, the stern regimen of an Irish patriot father and the violent troubles that rend Ireland. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2006

"Eisler skillfully incorporates much correspondence within a frame of lively writing."
Largely expanded from her previous literary study, Chopin's Funeral (2003), Eisler's latest explores the ways in which the early French novelist Sand (1804-76) extracted her literary, intellectual and political sustenance from her numerous lovers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Bracing, and sure to be controversial, this is a unique and essential record of our times."
The second installment of Riverbend's incisive, salty, impassioned observations from war-torn Baghdad. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A superb resource for boomers dealing with their parents' final days and anxious to exert more control over their own rites of passage, as well as for health-care professionals who need to hear this story from the other side."
An impassioned appeal for a kinder, gentler death. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A volume that will appeal to all who cherish their right to read uncensored the outpourings of the human heart."
A fascinating assortment of material—newspaper articles, transcripts, photographs, letters from the principals, commentary—on the 1957 obscenity trial in San Francisco that pitted the "people" against City Lights, the bookshop that published and sold Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems. Read full book review >
ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH by Kathleen C.  Winters
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A perfectly calibrated tribute to an early heroine of the air."
Pilot and aviation historian Winters focuses on the neglected subject of Mrs. Lindbergh's work as copilot, navigator and radio operator on pioneering flights exploring air routes for the infant airline industry. 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 >