Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Edifying, easy-to-understand scientific research that shows the benefits that accrue when a child is encouraged to be inquisitive, spirited, and intrepid."
Techniques to help your child grow and develop from a reactive to a receptive state. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A welcome operator's manual for parents of school-age children, inside or outside the K-12 paradigm."
A manifesto with a lesson plan: home-schooling champion Bauer (The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, 2015, etc.) continues her case for educating outside the system. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Of great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well."
An argument for decentralized government at the urban and municipal levels, where interesting economic and political trends are shaping up in the bargain. Read full book review >
WHEN by Daniel H. Pink
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers."
If you want a raise, ask the boss in the morning—but never at 2:55 in the afternoon. The reason? Ask pop-science writer Pink (To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, 2012, etc.), who examines what happens when in daily life. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"There's a shortage of books of advice to courtiers in the world. This one may not be quite in the league of Judith Martin, to say nothing of Machiavelli, but it's still highly entertaining and highly useful."
Have an urge to tweet, angrily, in the middle of the night? You might wish to curb it after reading this guide to modern manners by two former White House staffers. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Thoughtful discourse on the workings of praise and blame that will be particularly helpful to readers sensitive to scrutiny."
Examination of how our inherent need for appreciation and acceptance can be sabotaged by incrimination and criticism. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. Read full book review >
THE AMOROUS HEART by Marilyn Yalom
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An illuminating study that shows how much has changed with our perception of the heart and how much has endured."
How the heart has been "transformed into such a whimsical icon." Read full book review >
RADICAL REVOLUTION by Stephen  Saunders
Released: Jan. 7, 2018

"An intriguing, if somewhat heavy-handed, argument for veganism."
A debut book contends that humanity can save itself through veganism. Read full book review >
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CUP OF JOE by Joseph  Braithwaite
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"Brief, blunt, and buoyant; offers a refreshing jolt of inspiration."
Braithwaite, who describes himself as "a working-class guy who just wouldn't give up on his dreams," debuts with a neatly constructed miniguide touching on some of life's larger issues. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2018

"A dense philosophical work that delivers striking moments and some hazy prose."
A debut philosophical book examines life in modern times. 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 >