Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

MY YEAR OF RUNNING DANGEROUSLY by Tom Foreman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Even the author's long-suffering family had to admit at the end of the season that he was happier, and readers will enjoy running alongside him."
The chronicle of a father's response when his daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?" Read full book review >
MAMA TRIED by Emily Flake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A mixed bag of a graphic memoir. Alternadad, meet Indie-mom."
A graphic narrative provides a hipster's guide to motherhood. Read full book review >

HOMEFRONT 911 by Stacy Bannerman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An activist, Bannerman has set up programs for women, drafted legislation, and testified before congressional committees. Here, she takes her message to a broader public in a disturbing cry for help."
"Attention must be paid" is the demand being made by a woman who knows from hard experience what it is like to be married to a combat veteran with PTSD. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CELL by Erin E. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A specialized work that will appeal to attorneys, investigators, crime writers, and others on the frontiers of forensic DNA laws and technologies."
A critique of the criminal justice system's overreliance on forensic DNA, focused on legal and scientific questions underlying the topic's CSI glamour.Read full book review >
HOW THE OTHER HALF BANKS by Mehrsa Baradaran
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A comprehensive addition to the ongoing discussions of both inequality and the financial system."
In this debut, Baradaran (Univ. of Georgia School of Law) charges that nearly half of the American population has been deprived of access to financial services at a fair price thanks to financial deregulation. Read full book review >

AND THEN I DANCED by Mark Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement's true pioneers."
The life and times of an intrepid gay rights activist. Read full book review >
RECLAIMING CONVERSATION by Sherry Turkle
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A timely wake-up call urging us to cherish the intimacy of direct, unscripted communication."
The founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self explores the danger that text messaging is replacing in-depth, face-to-face conversation. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Melanne Verveer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A durable contribution to the continued efforts to effect change for women."
Two organizers of the contemporary global movement for women's rights demonstrate how they build networks and focus activities to create opportunities for women to exercise their rights. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An accomplished chronicle of the setbacks and successes by a journalist in the trenches."
A committed gay rights journalist thoroughly tracks the president's hard-won "evolution" in embracing the national LBGT agenda. Read full book review >
THEN COMES MARRIAGE by Roberta Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"Kaplan delivers a well-rounded, informative, and illuminating perspective on the complexities of nontraditional marriage."
A key litigator who argued and helped defeat the Defense of Marriage Act describes the process, the politics, and the history behind the watershed Supreme Court ruling. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE SMILE by Jeannie Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An overly detailed and dated account of the ups and downs of an Illinois political campaign, possibly of interest to black female Chicagoans, political groupies of any ilk, or feminist book clubs."
A close-up look at the senatorial campaign of a trailblazing black female politician. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An impassioned, intellectual, and vigorously dense report on the repercussions of severe socioeconomic imbalance in the United States."
Acclaimed inequality essayist and community activist Wise (Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, 2012, etc.) reports on the damage being incurred in America whereby "the have-nots and have-lessers are dehumanized while the elite are venerated."Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >