Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
UNRULY PLACES by Alastair Bonnett
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: July 8, 2014

"A scintillating poke to our geographical imaginations."
A wonderful collection of a few dozen geographical enchantments, places that defy expectations and may disturb and disorient yet rekindle the romanticism of exploration and the meaning of place. Read full book review >

SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Ian Gold
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 8, 2014

"A provocative new perspective on the diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of mental illness."
Brothers Joel Gold (Psychiatry/NYU School of Medicine) and Ian Gold (Philosophy and Psychiatry/McGill Univ.) suggest that to treat delusions simply as manifestations of psychosis, without regard to their cognitive function, is insufficient. Read full book review >
A CHINAMAN'S CHANCE by Eric Liu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"An eloquent, thought-provoking and timely memoir."
A noted journalist and educator's reflections on his Chinese heritage and on "the chance America still has to be something greater than the sum of its many tinted parts." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Hope for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of tragedy."
Two psychologists provide a nontechnical exploration of how certain people not only survive trauma, but actually thrive after a traumatic experience. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON CREW by Deborah Halber
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 2014

"Both charming and disturbing, Halber's accessible, personalized style is engaging despite being somewhat at odds with the grisly aspects of her topic."
Account of the eccentric online communities that have transformed the forensic identification of deceased missing persons. Read full book review >
REDEEMING THE DREAM by David Boies
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 17, 2014

"More bromance than a rigorous account of what actually occurred. Turn to Becker's book instead."
The two principal attorneys who faced off over Bush v. Gore in 2000 joined forces in 2009 to fight California's Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, and, now, to write this light account of their adventures in court. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 17, 2014

"The anecdotes are uplifting, but the authors are not persuasive about the ease of adapting these schools' strategies to larger, financially strapped settings."
The authors contend that learning how to learn is the most essential skill for 21st-century students. Read full book review >
THE GLASS CLOSET by John Browne
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 17, 2014

"Valuable encouragement to closeted workers who can afford to heed the author's advice."
An appeal to LGBT workers and corporations about the benefits of inclusion, from the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >