Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

PATRIOT NUMBER ONE by Lauren Hilgers
Released: March 20, 2018

"This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting immensely from those who arrive from other shores."
Affecting portrait of a Chinese dissident who found a home among like-minded democrats in faraway New York. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Good ammunition for contrarians and well grounded in scholarly research."
Just say no: an examination of how the naysayers in the audience can help individuals and organizations make better decisions. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
An investigative report exposes rampant workplace sexual abuse against female immigrant workers. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"A useful gathering of solid assessments of young children and the educational systems available to them."
How to ensure the best education possible for school-age children. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"At a moment when women's experiences in the workplace have come to the fore, Hirsch's eye-opening study of gender-based disparity surrounding illness will hopefully help spawn a similar reckoning for women's health."
Part memoir and part sociomedical inquiry, veteran journalist Hirsch's first book explores the many physical and emotional challenges faced by young women confronted with serious illnesses. Read full book review >

FLOWER DOG MAN by Kirk  Abner
Released: March 8, 2018

"A lifetime of precisely distilled experiences expertly concentrated into 30 minutes of reading time."
A philosophical manifesto explores the meaning of human life. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN'S HOUR by Elaine Weiss
Released: March 6, 2018

"Although the outcome of the Tennessee drama is obvious—after all, we all know the amendment was ratified—Weiss expertly builds the suspense, and the closeness of the eventual vote by the Tennessee legislature adds to the drama."
A history of the political battle in Tennessee in 1920 over the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A surprising look at societies grappling with profound change."
The unsettling transition from socialism to democracy leaves many people longing for the past. Read full book review >
WOULD YOU RATHER? by Katie Heaney
Released: March 6, 2018

"A quirky book that unfortunately does not help further the dialogue about the difficult experience of coming out."
A series of essays that document the difficult task of self-acceptance. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Research and individual stories explain the special position of grandparents in a child's life in a book that is unquestionably functional but not as inspiring as Lesley Stahl's recent Becoming Grandma."
Studying the roles of 21st-century grandparents in a child's life. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Well-rendered popular American history that also speaks to present-day issues."
An eerily timely account of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. 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 >