Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DEMYSTIFIED by James Y. Hung
Released: April 4, 2018

"An engrossing introduction to the riches of Chinese that should delight casual language mavens and more experienced speakers alike."
The world's most widely spoken language—and one of the most daunting to learn—has its idiosyncrasies dissected in this primer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Informative biographical essays of influential women."
A group biography of women who created profound cultural changes. Read full book review >

INSANE by Alisa Roth
Released: April 3, 2018

"An eye-opening book that cries out for change—but can policymakers show the resolve to make that change?"
A searing exposé about the criminalization of mental illness that features a simple underlying theme that a society attempting the same disastrous policies over and over but expecting a different outcome is where the actual craziness resides. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >

CAN'T HELP MYSELF by Meredith Goldstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A witty, entertaining memoir offering guidance on the precarious integration of life and love."
A relationship columnist fuses sage advice with dispatches from her own personal life. Read full book review >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An entertaining and educational analysis of how toddlers learn and why specific TV shows are actually useful for preschoolers."
A children's TV programming creator shares her insights into how toddlers learn. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Longer on description than prescription but a provocative work of social criticism."
"In places where jobs disappear, society falls apart": a sobering portrait of a crumbling polity. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A swift account of an industry that bubbles with bluster and marinates in money."
A social history of and commentary on the extremely lucrative enterprise of dispensing advice. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"These ideas—first introduced in the Harvard Business Review­­—will intrigue anyone who wants to channel the new power of the crowd."
A study of the "new power" made possible by connectivity. 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 >