Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Will reward readers interested in the Iraq war, or disaster management, or anyone interested in taking an intelligent adventure."
Rudyard Kipling meets Dilbert in this engrossing memoir of a year's service in Iraq by a British member of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2006

"A heart-wrenching chronicle of nature's wrath and the human condition."
Agonizing, in-the-trenches retelling of Hurricane Katrina and her catastrophic consequences. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2006

"The sorrows of history multiply: a necessary book."
After all the millions dead, after the Nazi terror, a good many Poles still found it acceptable to hate the Jews among them. Thus, this somber analytical work by Gross (History/Princeton Univ.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2006

"An eye-opening look at the personal politics behind the present administration."
A revealing biography of the man the sitting president calls "Fredo," and who once insisted, "My job is to make sure we don't make the same mistakes made by previous administrations." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Given the current reliance on foreign capital and immigrant labor, Rauchway's book is right on time and right on target."
Laying the groundwork for American empire was an international enterprise—so why doesn't the world want to be American? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Near-perfect treatment of a fascinating, though esoteric subject."
Swashbuckling U.K. journalist Barnes displays his more cerebral chops in a far-reaching biography of the African captive who rose to Peter the Great's inner circle. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE by Donald Antrim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"A luminous meditation on the past, the enigmas of family and the tangled mystery of love."
An elegant memoir about the author's turbulent relationship with his erratic, irascible, alcoholic and otherwise maddening artist-mother—who could sometimes be nurturing, even smothering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2006

"Fats perches with rightful ease atop his pedestal."
One of rock-'n'-roll's founding fathers gets full and loving treatment in this biography from music journalist Coleman. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2006

"A searing, personal account of race and racism in mid-century America."
Powerful debut memoir relates what happened after the author's white mother and black father split up. Read full book review >
DESERT CHILDREN by Waris Dirie
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2006

"A hard-hitting message about a brutal practice that's clearly aimed at a European audience. American readers will wonder if the problem exists within U.S. borders."
Third volume in Revlon model Dirie's continuing campaign to bring an end to the practice of female genital mutilation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2006

"The author claims to not have flashbacks, but his candid, vivid memories bring this nearly incredible story to life once again."
Intense memoir of epic survival that both shocked and thrilled a worldwide audience. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2006

"Nixon observed that the U.S. could do what it wanted in Latin America because his compatriots didn't give a damn about the place. Grandin's excellent book makes a good case for caring."
If you want to know why the American intervention in Iraq has failed, look at the El Salvador of a quarter-century ago. 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 >