Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

THE COLLAPSE OF PARENTING by Leonard Sax
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"With the author's solid advice, parents have a good shot at achieving these goals."
A comprehensive breakdown of where parents have gone awry and how they can get back on track to teach virtue and character to their children. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A studious, provocative hodgepodge of history, conspiracy theory, and philosophy that's heavier on vitriol than veritas."
Debut author Divjak attempts to rebut Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 prizewinning memoir Between the World and Me.Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"The author brings a nuanced, wry perspective to the prison memoir genre."
A no-holds-barred account of life at several different levels of the American correctional system. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A tribute to humanity's inquisitive spirit and a useful guidebook for readers looking for a little inspiration or purpose."
An exploration of man's evolving search for answers, featuring short profiles of historically influential theologians, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians. Read full book review >
WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE? by Noam Chomsky
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Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Comprising lectures on distinctly separate topics, this short volume skims the surface of the diversity and complexity of Chomsky's expertise."
Chomsky (Emeritus, Linguistics and Philosophy/MIT; Because We Say So, 2015, etc.) reflects broadly on the nature of language, the limits of human cognition, and our role as social creatures in furthering the common good. Read full book review >

Moving Beyond Duality by Dorothy I. Riddle
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A thoroughly researched argument for a nonbinary approach to understanding the world that's likely to find both fervent adherents and strong critics."
A manifesto and manual for readers looking to expand their capacities for kindness and mindfulness while also minimizing harm in the world at large. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER'S DILEMMA by Richard Rashke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A thoughtful beginning, though only a sketch. The banality of evil is on full display, so conspiracy-minded readers may find it of interest."
An attempt at comparative whistleblower-ology, limning similarities in the short but memorable career of Karen Silkwood and the ongoing, unfolding story of Edward Snowden. Read full book review >
THIS IS WHY YOU'RE SINGLE by Laura Lane
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Definitely not your mother's guide to finding the perfect guy: at once hilarious and seriously practical."
Cutting-edge dating advice for millennial women. Read full book review >
FAMINE, AFFLUENCE, AND MORALITY by Peter Singer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 2, 2015

"A useful compendium of a seminal article and its offshoots, and it couldn't be timelier."
A distinguished philosopher offers his past and present thinking on the subject of moral obligations that members of affluent societies have to those living in extreme poverty. Read full book review >
STONED by Aja Raden
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A lively, incisive cultural and social history."
A jewelry designer and historian's account of how the desire for diamonds, gold, and other precious stones and metals has shaped history. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Some common-sense advice on how to attain wisdom when dealing with people and situations."
Social psychology as self-help, from getting along better with your colleagues and employees to saving the planet and securing peace in the Middle East. Read full book review >
LIVING BLACK by Mark S. Fleisher
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Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A brief, accessible academic study suitable for a general readership."
A cultural anthropology professor's intriguing story of the six years he spent observing the daily lives of poor blacks in a Midwestern ghetto. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >