Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fervent manifesto for school diversity and autonomy."
An advocate for charter schools proposes bold changes in public education. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE by Douglas  Murray
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"With violence erupting in Europe and America's new anti-immigration policies, this audacious work will find its readers."
A timely work that blames Europe's current immigration disaster on the Europeans' misplaced guilt and fatally good intentions. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Neuman concisely explains how these gilded women have been airbrushed out of history, resented by those who felt exploited, but thankfully, they succeeded, and women vote today because of them."
Setting the record straight on the driving forces in the early-20th-century fight for women's suffrage. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Much too long but full of intriguing revelations and even a little skulduggery—though conspiracy theorists still won't find all the keys here."
An overstuffed history of the secret clubs that have been part of Yale University tradition since its earliest years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urban activists in other cities have much to learn from New York's experience, and González's book makes a good place to start."
A leading Latino journalist looks at the left-populist uprising that brought Bill de Blasio into the New York mayor's office and sharpened the nation's blue-red divide. Read full book review >
BEFORE I HAD THE WORDS by Skylar  Kergil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An unremarkable but honest account of the young life of a transgender person."
A transgender person tells the story of his transition. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This is a vital, timely issue, and the author's research is impressively in-depth, but an overabundance of anecdotes and statistics offers little clarity on the issue."
An award-winning journalist reports from the front lines of the sexual assault controversy. 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 >