Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

THERE GOES THE GAYBORHOOD? by Amin Ghaziani
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 10, 2014

"Encompassing more than just the diminishing homogeneity of gay ghettos, Ghaziani's important work also demonstrates an appreciation for how the provocative past, present and future of gay culture continues to evoke impassioned rhetoric and opinion."
Are gay and lesbian communities losing the safety-netted solidarity of their urban centers to gentrification? Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful addition to the bookshelf addressing the unintended consequences of a wired world."
A personalized jeremiad against the state of constant distraction in which our benevolent technologies have ensnared us. Read full book review >

POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >
FLUENT FOREVER by Gabriel Wyner
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sensible approach that nonetheless requires a substantial commitment of time and energy; as the author well knows, there are no shortcuts to learning anything worthwhile."
The creator of the popular language-learning website Fluent-Forever.com debuts by putting between covers the essentials of the program that he and myriad others have found helpful. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF NOTICING by Max Bazerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As with Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and David Foster Wallace, Bazerman winningly recommends the exigent art of seeing—what is there, what isn't—with both skepticism and sensitivity."
Harvard Business School professor Bazerman (Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do About It, 2012, etc.) unspools the many benefits of widening our areas of focus, particularly when it comes to decision-making matters. Read full book review >

BLACKBOARD by Lewis Buzbee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Both personal and historical, this is a welcome book on the importance of education for all."
Elevating the thinking around school improvements, from the nuts-and-bolts ideas to a broader view. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Intensely immersive reading."
A journalist tells the absorbing story of how wartime experiences shaped the lives and friendships of three female soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 4, 2014

"A powerful, rational guidebook to creating genuinely effective education, written in a manner useful not just for schoolteachers, but everyone involved in the care of children."
Ideas from a former principal on what makes for an exceptional teacher. Read full book review >
GOOD CHINESE WIFE by Susan Blumberg-Kason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 2014

"While the story sometimes reads like an intercultural soap opera, it is the author's courage to face her mistakes that makes the book worthwhile."
An American freelance journalist's painful account of how a hasty marriage to a Chinese man turned her life upside down. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING NEIGHBOR by Marc J. Dunkelman
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 28, 2014

"A thought-provoking, evenhanded yet inconclusive analysis on the nature and the future of community."
A meditation on the evaporation of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2014

"Cleareyed and courageously revealing."
A foreign correspondent examines the intertwining histories of two Tomlinson families—one white, the other black—who shared a common past spent on a Texas slave plantation. Read full book review >
CRASH COURSE by Kim Bearden
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 15, 2014

"Thoughtful and entertaining tales of how students influenced and changed one teacher's perspective on life."
How a teacher learned to live a better life through interaction with her students. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >