Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

A MURDER OVER A GIRL by Ken Corbett
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 1, 2016

"An emotionally resonant account of a real-life tragedy."
A teenager's murder raises issues of bullying and homophobia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An uplifting testimonial to the power of unconditional familial love and acceptance."
A new family must regroup after their toddler exhibits gender ambivalence. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The old pep talk by another proficient motivational master, updated with references to Twitter, YouTube, and, of course, TED."
A self-help book from a communications coach and respected keynote speaker. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GIRLS by Nancy Jo Sales
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"For parents with young daughters, this book is an ice-cold, important wake-up call."
What happens to teenage girls when their social lives play out online? Read full book review >
Nani's Tale by Corey Fair
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 17, 2016

"A taut and rewarding tale about a young girl's frightening life and last-minute rescue.
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A little girl struggles to find love and salvation against terrifying odds in this debut novel. Read full book review >

SCHOOLS ON TRIAL by Nikhil Goyal
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A heartfelt but limited-scope plea for systemic change from a determined gadfly."
A journalist argues that conventional schools are oppressive, anti-democratic, and even harmful to children. Read full book review >
PLAYING AGAINST THE HOUSE by James D. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Walsh knows he's operating in 'a gray area of journalistic ethics,' and readers can decide whether he emerges on the right side."
A journalist navigates ethically tricky terrain as he helps attempt to organize union representation in Miami casinos. Read full book review >
ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES by Walidah Imarisha
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A brave, honest search for answers regarding incarceration."
An impassioned look inside the lives of a few inmates, "flawed, damaged, and culpable, but still human." Read full book review >
BREAKTHROUGH by Nancy L. Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"In her brisk analysis, Cohen feels optimistic that the next election will cross 'a historic threshold.'"
Is America ready to elect Hillary Clinton? Read full book review >
THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314 by Ed Boland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An unflinchingly honest account of one man's experiences with inner-city education."
A nonprofit executive tells the story of the year he spent as a teacher in a struggling urban high school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Read full book review >
INCARCERATION NATIONS by Baz Dreisinger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An eye-opening, damning indictment of the American prison system and the way its sins reverberate around the globe."
A writer and social activist chronicles her visits to prisons around the globe to gain insight into what works and doesn't work. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A usefully organized, concise history of social movements that will appeal to newer generations of activists."
Optimistic overview of the recent surge in politically directed, nonviolent mass advocacy movements, focused on historical examples and the tactical future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >