Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This welcome and insightful book joins a small shelf of essential titles—Arlie Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land is another—that help explain why and how the Trump presidency happened."
"Trump isn't crazy, but our society is." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vital contribution to a discussion that should be at the top of world leaders' agendas."
A clear argument that the world needs a new approach to refugee policy. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The author's argument would benefit from more specific policy recommendations, but it still offers much for urban activists and disaffected Gothamites to chew on."
A searching look at how New York changed from a place of affordable (if tiny) walk-ups to a playground for the ultrawealthy. Read full book review >
THE SUFFRAGENTS by Brooke Kroeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too."
An account of the role men played in pressing the case for women's voting rights in the early years of the last century. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A by-the-numbers business book stuffed with case studies of success and failure but also with good material for priming the pump."
An exhortation to raise one's freak flag, dust off that notebook full of plans and dreams, and set up shop. Read full book review >

FEELING JEWISH by Devorah  Baum
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An impressive work of intellect and presentation."
Unique theories on how "feeling Jewish" plays out not only among secular Jews, but also among individuals with no Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
SELF-MADE WOMAN by Denise Chanterelle DuBois
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fierce, unsparing memoir."
A transgender actress and businesswoman tells the no-holds-barred story of her transition from male to female. Read full book review >
TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. Read full book review >
THE SOCIOLOGIST’S EYE by Kai Erikson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A useful, illuminating analysis bolstered by a lifetime of close observation."
A man who has devoted his life to studying society delivers a final report on everything he has learned. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Some of the advice may sound glib or repetitive, but Little gives readers a sense of how they can make significant changes in their lives."
A chatty book based on scientific research shows how personal choice can inform as much of our personality—and destiny—as genetics and environment. Read full book review >
GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. 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 >