Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

THE ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY by Edward O. Wilson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A concise, thoughtful exploration of how human understanding will be enhanced by 'a humanistic science and a scientific humanities.'"
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Emeritus, Evolutionary Biology/Harvard Univ.; Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, 2016, etc.) offers a philosophical examination into "the mystery of why there are universal creative arts."Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Heuristic advice and life-affirming direction form a gratifying combination in this motivational handbook."
How significant moments have the capacity to redirect our future endeavors. Read full book review >

NASTY WOMEN by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Strong, thoughtful, and angry voices ring out for resistance, empathy, and solidarity."
Women essayists reflect on Trump, Clinton, and the prospects for feminism. Read full book review >
REAL IMPACT by Morgan  Simon
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A cleareyed case for socially conscious investment, of much interest to those who want their dollars to do good."
Investment adviser Simon outlines the concept of impact investment, "the practice of investing not just for profit, but also for social benefit." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >

SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY by Alexis  Okeowo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest."
Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them. Read full book review >
ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >
THE GRUMP'S DICTIONARY by Edwin  Newman
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"A funny but thematically scattered and sometimes overly scornful work."
A sardonically cynical dictionary inspired by the work of Ambrose Bierce. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"From a scholarly activist, a solid and encouraging piece of research on the status of human rights around the world."
A scholarly rebuttal to those who are pessimistic about the progress of human rights. 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 >