Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. Read full book review >
JOURNEY INTO EUROPE by Akbar Ahmed
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Academic but of considerable interest to any student of current affairs and geopolitics."
A dense but rewarding anthropological account of European reactions to Islam and Muslim immigrant communities, and vice versa. Read full book review >

POLITICAL TRIBES by Amy Chua
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A persuasive call to rethink foreign policy and heal domestic fissures."
How tribalism causes problems at home and abroad. Read full book review >
ELOQUENT RAGE by Brittney Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A timely and provocative book that shows 'what you build is infinitely more important than what you tear down.'"
A professor explores the ways "sexism, and racism, and classism work together to fuck shit up for everybody" and how feminism can begin undoing the damage. Read full book review >
HIDING OUT by Tina Alexis Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A writer candidly confronts her personal truth in her quest for transformation, transcendence, and redemption."
An actress and producer chronicles the process of how she turned overcoming childhood trauma into a career. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"For those interested in charting the currents of domestic terrorism, a well-reported if dispiriting chronicle."
In the shadow of Charlottesville, a journalistic account of some of the extreme right's players. Read full book review >
DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT by Michael Idov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Breezy but informative and especially useful for readers contemplating a move to Russia for business or pleasure."
A sometimes-jokey but insightful insider's guide to modern Russia and the Russian mind. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A distressing account of algorithms run amok."
How Google and other search engines represent marginalized people in "erroneous, stereotypical, or even pornographic ways." Read full book review >
FAIR SHOT by Chris Hughes
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Hughes makes a strong case for redistribution of wealth, though the memoir elements of the book are more compelling than the economic analysis."
A co-founder of Facebook draws from personal experience to propose a guaranteed income for working people. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Easterbrook's assurances, however well-based, will ring hollow for many, but it's an argument worth considering."
Cheer up, world: we're killing each other less, except in our cars, and living in a boom. Thus this contrarian pep talk by longtime Atlantic contributor Easterbrook (The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
NINE IRISH LIVES by Mark Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." Read full book review >
THE DIVIDE by Jason Hickel
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Sure to distress the neoliberals in the audience but a powerful case for reform in the cause of economic justice."
A sharply argued analysis of the traditional explanations for wealth and poverty in the world, offering a program for easing misery while addressing structural inequalities. 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 >