Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A valuable contribution to an ongoing debate, with arguments and resources for specialists and general readers."
Bloomberg Businessweek contributing economics editor Farrell (The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better, 2009, etc.) debunks fear-ridden arguments about the graying of America leading to demographic catastrophes that will overwhelm Social Security. Read full book review >
IN REAL LIFE by Nev Schulman
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Another quote from the book, one more telling about 'catfishing,' comes from comedian Marc Maron, who said that every status update is essentially a plea: 'Would someone please acknowledge me?'"
Searching for the overlap of our online selves and our "real life" selves. Read full book review >

WHAT WOMEN WANT by Deborah L. Rhode
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Despite the presumptuous title, this is a serious analysis, designed to inform and to provoke discussion and action."
A thoroughly researched examination of the progress women in the United States have made toward gender equality and of the problems that still must be addressed. Read full book review >
UPRIVER by Michael F. Brown
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An unusual study, elucidating of a people and braced by both self-doubt and honesty."
An anthropologist returns to the indigenous Amazon community of Awajún to observe startling changes since the mid-1970s and examine his own scholarly methodology. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Though critical, this provocative book's greatest strength is the author's positive call to action to help Miss America 'become something greater' than it is."
The winner of the 1998 Miss America pageant tells the story of her year wearing the crown while offering an incisive history and analysis of an always-controversial beauty contest. Read full book review >

SOLDIER OF CHANGE by Stephen Snyder-Hill
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"How one man's resolve gave courage to others and how he turned his public outing into an important surge of activism."
A memoir from the U.S. Army soldier booed at the Republican presidential primary debate of 2011 for asking about upholding the rights of gay and lesbian soldiers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A solid account that calls for 'a full historical reckoning' of this devastating chapter in the treatment of Native Americans."
Little-known story of the forcible removal of American Indian children in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not groundbreaking, but it's mostly entertaining and instructive to read about such things as menstrual synchrony and human-stampede-induced bridge wobbling."
It takes a village to raise—well, just about everybody. And it's even better when everyone can see who's being raised. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"An erudite group effort encapsulating a long, laborious struggle that continues today."
Three distinguished academics offer a competent, compact history of the women's liberation movement. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate."
An extended essay about how elite colleges and universities are failing to serve students and society. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A rosy but incomplete picture that would be of greater value to educators if the author weren't trying so hard to sell the system."
A markedly positive account of a growing network of high schools designed to help poor urban youth prepare for college. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"No one does scandal quite like the British; this one is a real doozy that deserves Davies' entertaining, no-stone-unturned eagle eyes."
The inside—deeply inside—account by the investigative writer who broke the British phone-hacking scandal wide open. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >