Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

MONKEYLUV by Robert M. Sapolsky
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"It isn't a radical notion that the nature-nurture debate ought to be tossed, but Sapolsky (A Primate's Memoir, 2001, etc.) has added another round to the cause of its demise."
Eighteen quick-footed essays that explain how nature and nurture are both vital ingredients in the stew of life. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"A revealing look at the legal system, a compelling human rights story and an inspirational tale of dedicated people who refused to accept the status quo."
A cadre of dedicated Yalies takes on the U.S. government in the case of Haitian refugees in the early 1990s. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not always pretty, but stirring nonetheless. (45 b&w photos)"
A near-encyclopedic study of black influence on American music. Read full book review >
FIRST FAMILIES by Bonnie Angelo
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Somewhat arbitrarily organized but constantly revealing and intimate, a must for any political junkie's personal bookshelf."
A sweeping panorama of family life on Pennsylvania Avenue. Read full book review >
A WIDOW’S WALK by Marian Fontana
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An impassioned, non-manipulative memorial, timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of 9/11."
Fontana tugs at the heartstrings in this engrossing, inspiring 9/11 memoir. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 22, 2005

"For that, Goldfarb blames the Bush administration, closing with a reasoned but white-hot denunciation of American imperialism. One of the best of the many books to emerge from the Iraq invasion."
A moving tribute, by NPR correspondent Goldfarb, to his Kurdish translator, guide and friend, an early victim of post-conquest terror in Iraq. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2005

"Riveting and important. Even readers who don't think they're interested in Pakistani prostitution will find themselves engrossed."
British sociologist Brown documents the sex-trade in Lahore. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Here's hoping Wintle gets to negotiate his own film rights. 'Whatever,' as Tiffany would say, he deserves to make a bundle, split evenly with his bundle."
She's 13, he's 40; she's been given her walking papers from her mother, he's the uncle there to catch her: they are a modernized odd couple, and the sparks they throw are a glowing pyrotechnic display. Read full book review >
Released: June 16, 2005

"A small fortune could be made by bottling this story and selling it as an antidote to self-pity. Frey will have to settle for the small fortune it will make in big sales."
A story of post-rehab, post-prison that's about as comforting as a sawn-off shotgun with a dark angel in attendance. Read full book review >
NASTY by Simon Doonan
Released: June 1, 2005

"A kick, a hoot, a truly wonderful read, with loads of down-and-dirty details about characters who are way more interesting than those dull Beautiful People Doonan was so all afire to find."
Fabulously entertaining account of the prole beginnings of fashion-world fixture Doonan. Read full book review >
WHERE WE HAVE HOPE by Andrew Meldrum
Released: June 1, 2005

"A compelling and, ultimately, heartbreaking story that demands to be read by anyone concerned about contemporary Africa."
The remarkable odyssey of a reporter's attempt to cover the news and stay alive during a country's descent into ruin. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2005

"Witty, thought-provoking, constantly surprising."
The story of language from a multilingual perspective. 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 >