Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

VALUES & ETHICS by Jason A. Merchey
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2017

"An endlessly engrossing catalog of philosophical conversations."
In this collection of interviews, accomplished luminaries discuss various dimensions of ethical life. Read full book review >
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >

AND THE SPIRIT MOVED THEM by Helen LaKelly Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"The faith-based argument is not always convincing, but the author's call for renewed feminist action, based on 'the spirit and ethic of love,' makes for timely reading."
The story of the abolitionists of the early to mid-19th century who set the stage for women's campaign for equality and the vote. Read full book review >
CITY ON THE VERGE by Mark Pendergrast
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome look at a city—a mass of cities—not often heard from in the urban-studies literature and of wide interest well beyond the I-95 corridor."
Given enough political will and enough choice, we can save the world. Or, as this case study shows, we can let things continue to go to hell in a handbasket lined with peach blossoms. Read full book review >
EXONERATED by Robert J.  Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment."
How efforts to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners have grown into an energized international movement. Read full book review >

MASTERS OF CRAFT by Richard E. Ocejo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A close-up and often entertaining look at new service jobs in an urban economy."
How formerly low-status jobs have become cool, creative careers. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Jeff Pegues
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An informative book that could have been presented better."
The justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News debuts with an examination of the tensions between police and blacks, presenting potential obstacles to improvement formulas for tension reduction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world."
How one woman finally broke away from a cycle of imprisonment and went on to help hundreds of other women re-enter normal life. Read full book review >
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND KISSES FOR BREAKFAST by Matteo   Bussola
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"Charming, 'near-daily snapshots' of fatherhood."
An Italian father reflects on raising three daughters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Educative and thoughtful—important reading for patients and fellow medical professionals alike."
A sensitive doctor describes her beginnings navigating the unpredictable, woolly world of modern American health care. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2017

"An informed, important exposé of the nation's institutionalized racism that would have been even more reader-friendly with the inclusion of more individual case histories."
How government policies have perpetuated the caste system of slavery. Read full book review >
THE H-SPOT by Jill Filipovic
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely, enlightening exploration of what American women truly want and need to live purposeful, fulfilling, happy lives."
A sound analysis of what really makes women happy. 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 >