Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2007

"A worthy paean to an American legend."
Journalist Posnanski (The Good Stuff, 2001) accompanies a baseball legend on a cross-country journey to raise awareness of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2007

"A wartime story with a joyful ending."
Terrific tale about how Iraqis, a South African conservationist and American soldiers saved the animals of the Baghdad Zoo. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2007

"A graceful example of how rigorous scholarship and erudition can inform and animate popular history."
How the epic poem Gilgamesh was composed, modified, recorded on clay in cuneiform, stored, smashed, lost and found. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"An intriguing, immodest proposal that itself warrants discussion—and action."
Inspired by South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, civil-rights attorney Ifill (Law/Univ. of Maryland) offers a new approach to addressing the history of lynching in America. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"An inviting introduction to modern cosmology and philosophy with no prerequisites other than the willingness to entertain counterfactuals, imponderables and leaps of faith. Nicely done."
A vade mecum for head-scratchers by the multifaceted Frayn (The Copenhagen Papers, 2001, etc.), whose philosophical concerns are notably many and well attested in his body of work. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"An honest look at a courageous life."
A fascinating transsexual testimony. Read full book review >
INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times."
Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian Hirsi Ali, now in hiding from Muslim militants angered by her outspoken views on Islam's enslavement of women (The Caged Virgin, 2005), offers a forthright, densely detailed memoir of growing up harshly amid revolution and religious restraint. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A most worthy addition to the literature surrounding American slavery, complementing Mary Kay Ricks's Escape on the Pearl and Mat Johnson's The Great Negro Plot, both to be published in February 2007."
An excellent and absorbing "American and Canadian story" of an inaugural passage aboard the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >
THE LADY IN THE PALAZZO by Marlena de Blasi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2007

"Delicious."
A third sumptuous volume about the author's quest to find a home in Italy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2007

"Stark and honest."
A federal attorney gets kidnapped off a Manhattan street. 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 >