Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

DRAGONS IN DIAMOND VILLAGE by David Bandurski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intense look at globalization's tragic hidden costs."
A grim investigation of how urbanization is destroying traditional Chinese communities. Read full book review >
THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS by Tim Wu
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Forget subliminal seduction: every day, we are openly bought and sold, as this provocative book shows."
When something online is free, then the product being sold is you. Wu (Columbia Law School; The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, 2010) elaborates on that sobering note. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly fascinating kaleidoscope of American history. A fantastic historical resource."
From the Dutch to the British, featuring a concentration on the waves of Irish and German in the late 19th century, this thoroughgoing work offers a host of immigrant sagas that were integral to the creation of the New York City cauldron. Read full book review >
Making Out Like a Virgin by Catriona McHardy
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A valuable compilation that represents multiple paths for healing and thriving after sexual trauma."
Sexual abuse survivors from around the world detail their journeys to healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy in this collection. Read full book review >
Evolution on Trial by Anonymous
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A defensive and unconvincing argument against evolutionary theory."
A debut work of nonfiction argues that the case for evolution turns out to be much weaker than widely assumed. Read full book review >

WE WANTED WORKERS by George J. Borjas
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Although the economic analyses may be obscure to some noneconomist readers, Borjas provides an intriguing, clearly written polemic."
A counternarrative to the many misguided ideas about immigrants arriving in the United States. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO by Michael Lenehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A series of bright, clear photographs of what the author saw when he pulled aside the curtain in a Wisconsin Oz."
A veteran former editor and current freelance journalist delivers a swift story about being imbedded with a summer outdoor theater company mounting a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Read full book review >
VIOLENT BORDERS by Reece Jones
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"With the building of border walls and the deaths of migrants much in the news, this work is both timely and necessarily provocative."
"Tear down this wall!" was Ronald Reagan's ringing challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Now, a geographer calls for more drastic action, arguing that border walls everywhere should come down. Read full book review >
VITAL LITTLE PLANS by Jane Jacobs
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A timely volume that supports Jacobs' aim to 'stir up some independent thinking urgently needed as a wake-up call for America.' A perfect complement to Robert Kanigel's excellent biography, Eyes on the Street (2016)."
A collection of short pieces by an outspoken champion of urban diversity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A diverse and entertaining set of memories on how a Nigerian man became an American."
A Nigerian man explains how and why he moved to the United States. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A nuanced, forthright, emotionally compelling take on a painful subject."
How family dynamics can reflect racial prejudices in society as a whole. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A delightfully witty, enjoyable read."
A Brit living in the United States exposes the dark side of the happiness business in her adopted country. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >