Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Useful guidance for newly minted job hunters."
An argument for the usefulness of a major in liberal arts. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Scholarly in tone and approach but accessible and of interest to students of business history as well as to budding entrepreneurs."
Survey history of the alt-commerce movement that connects some major players in the modern retail space with the counterculture of the 1960s. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A solid but not groundbreaking chronicle of women's long, excruciating fights for laughs."
The struggle to do stand-up comedy while female. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A book of broad application with useful lessons for everyone from Girl Scouts to corporate masters to world leaders—and aspiring spies, too."
"You don't work for your country by being greedy and playing dirty, day after day." FBI agent Dreeke delivers a pragmatic, patriotic recipe for the key ingredient of leadership: trust. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fascinating and necessary critical work."
An acclaimed children's literature scholar picks up the mantle of Walter Dean Myers, Nancy Larrick, and others by exploring the ways in which the lack of diversity in children's literature negatively affects American culture as a whole. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"One can agree with most of Merrow's points without seeing the path forward to the more studentcentric schools he envisions."
From an award-winning career as an education correspondent, Merrow (The Influence of Teachers, 2011, etc.) sees a nation desperately in need of recovery from addiction to testing and pouring good money after bad. Read full book review >
BITCH DOCTRINE by Laurie Penny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polemical writing at its thoughtful best."
A noted British feminist writer tackles gender, sexism, identity, and power issues in a world being laid waste by "kamikaze capitalism." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >
VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >
ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS by Sujatha Gidla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Students of civil rights activism and South Asian societies will find much of value in Gidla's far-ranging narrative, dense with detail and anecdote."
Firsthand account of the lives of people categorized as the lowest of the low in India's caste system. Read full book review >
THE STARS IN OUR EYES by Julie Klam
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"Entertaining but shallow. Klam is perhaps too sensible a writer to care much about the filtered world of celebrities, and her fundamental indifference to the subject, no matter how she struggles to overcome it, makes the book seem less than essential."
A collection of essays on our culture's fascination with celebrities. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"Dense, comprehensive arguments certain to bring awareness to the epidemic of police brutality against historically vulnerable at-risk minority groups."
A race and gender researcher and equality activist delivers a thorough treatise on police brutality. 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 >