Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

MID-LIFE EX-WIFE by Stella Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A frank, guileless, and useful account of a 50-something's search for love through online dating services."
One woman's adventures in the online dating scene. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN LADDER by Keith Payne
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though the author doesn't break much new ground, he provides valuable psychological insights into our daily behaviors."
The surprising consequences of inequality. Read full book review >

HOMING INSTINCTS by Sarah Menkedick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Menkedick's driving question is to figure out 'whether returning home signifies growing up or giving up or both—and if it's both, what exactly we want to give up in exchange for what.' The magic of this book is that she makes so personal a question so easily accessible to readers."
An account of the author's transition from wandering spirit to anchored, responsible mother. Read full book review >
WE ARE DATA by John  Cheney-Lippold
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who cares about the internet's extraordinary impact on each of us and on our society."
How algorithms shape our lives online. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Statistics wonks will find much of interest in this survey. For the rest of us, this book offers as many reasons to be dispirited about the human condition as the daily headlines."
If your pal swears to God that he'll repay a loan, write it off: a tour of the many things that big data can tell us about ourselves. Read full book review >

RADICAL HOPE by Carolina De Robertis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely but sometimes overly sentimental anthology of dissident voices."
A diverse group of writers and activists responds to the election of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
SWAYED by Christina Harbridge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2017

"A holistic and refreshingly human approach to interpersonal communication."
A briskly presented program for improving the ways individuals speak—and how they're heard by others. Read full book review >
AWKWARD by Ty Tashiro
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Tashiro offers little revelatory information, but it helps to know that you are not alone."
An academic and psychologist examines the "quirks and unique talents of awkward individuals" and why it's not so bad to be awkward. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Nathaniel Frank
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2017

"Frank's strikingly detailed, essential reportage reminds readers of the gay community's enduring fight for equality."
A diligent archive of gay marriage equality from its roots as a hopeful pipe dream to its realization as a civil right. Read full book review >
OPTION B by Sheryl Sandberg
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2017

"A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn't seem to be a way forward."
A memoir of the loss of a husband and finding a path forward beyond the grieving process. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2017

"A storehouse of timely advice well-suited to the intended audience."
A guidebook for millennials that helps them navigate a shifting business landscape. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. 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 >