Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

SEX WORKERS UNITE by Melinda Chateauvert
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Overly professorial in tone, yet it sufficiently delivers the importance and impact of sexual equality for all."
A verbose chronology of the perpetual demonization of prostitution. Read full book review >
ONE SIMPLE IDEA by Mitch Horowitz
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A historically rich analysis of an idea that is older than many may think."
The evolution of the positive-thinking movement. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Tougher-minded readers will prefer Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011) and even Prince Kropotkin himself."
A middling look at some of the better angels of our nature by German science writer Klein (Leonardo's Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Encouraging and authentic."
Debut memoir/self-help book designed to empower the women of Generation Y to discover and pursue their passions. Read full book review >
BRAINSTORM by Daniel J. Siegel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Smart advice, if unnecessarily repackaged, on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence."
Siegel (Psychiatry/UCLA School of Medicine; Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, 2010, etc.) tenders approaches to making adolescence work for parents rather than tearing them apart emotionally and psychologically. Read full book review >

HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? by Roman Krznaric
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Based on human experience, helpful hints on transforming the way we live."
The title of this potent lifestyle guide poses a valid question—and, after more than three millennia, still a good one. Read full book review >
LOVE SENSE by Sue Johnson
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 31, 2013

"A readable combination of research findings and case studies, filled with good cheer and practical advice."
A self-help book from a clinical psychologist promoting a model of treatment called Emotionally Focused Therapy. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"In-depth, supportive information on navigating the complex road of parenting twins."
Twiniversity website founder Diaz delivers a comprehensive guide for parents of twins, from prenatal care through the first year of child development. Read full book review >
STATUS UPDATE by Alice E. Marwick
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Skillful spadework on the underpinnings of a thriving Internet community."
An examination of social media and how it has transformed interactive online communication. Read full book review >
OUT OF TIME by Lynne Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Segal refers to multiple cultural touchstones in service of her writing; this book should become a touchstone itself for those interested in aging."
Extended meditations on aging. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"An often intriguing book on religion and American politics, regardless of one's ideological bent."
An in-depth study of the influence of the Bible on the values underpinning American government. Read full book review >
REFUGEES OF THE REVOLUTION by Diana Allan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"Deeply conscious of its "solidarity rhetoric," this valuable study provokes essential questions about the conflicted Palestinian identity in exile."
A stern look at how the crippling effects of material deprivation have ground down the will of the Palestinians in Lebanese exile. Read full book review >