Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Alexander's love affair with French, he concludes in this wry and warmhearted memoir, has reaped unexpected rewards."
A charming memoir by a passionate Francophile. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH by Stephen Seager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A chilling account of a livelihood spent curating the criminally psychotic."
Board-certified psychiatrist Seager (Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy, 2000, etc.) recounts his 12 harrowing months at Northern California's Napa State Hospital. Read full book review >

UNSPEAKABLE THINGS by Laurie Penny
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Spirited, intellectually sexy reading."
A British columnist and gender activist's gutsy analysis of how neoliberal capitalism has taken the "ideals of freedom" and transformed them into "strategies of social [and sexual] control." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"A cogent look at one of the conceptual bedrocks of language."
Examination of how analogies are more than just a section on the SAT exam; they are powerfully relatable tools that shape how we communicate ideas and influence others. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A must-read for those concerned with the welfare of young men."
How and why one man helped start an all-boys public school in New York City. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An engaging, much-needed new approach to teaching children about the human sexual experience."
Straightforward advice on how to talk to teens about sex. Read full book review >
AGE OF OPPORTUNITY by Laurence Steinberg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A clear and canny look into the adolescent brain that will help influence adolescent lives for the better."
Advice from developmental psychologist Steinberg (Psychology/Temple Univ.; The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting, 2004, etc.) on navigating and nurturing the adolescent mind. Read full book review >
RACE UNMASKED by Michael Yudell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A challenging, well-researched work that clearly shows the interconnectedness of scientific and social thought."
A history of the concept of race in American scientific thought. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An entertaining book of popular psychology."
Time editor at large Kluger (The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us, 2011, etc.) reveals recent scientific findings and age-old chestnuts about every possible breed of narcissist. Read full book review >
DATACLYSM by Christian Rudder
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Demographers, entrepreneurs, students of history and sociology, and ordinary citizens alike will find plenty of provocations and, yes, much data in Rudder's well-argued, revealing pages."
Are you a racist? Plainer-looking than you might wish? Inclined to vote left? Big data knows—and it's talking. Read full book review >
THE IMPULSE SOCIETY by Paul Roberts
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"More worthy of shelving alongside Allan Bloom than Ann Coulter, though still on the pop sociology side of things."
A book that pegs contemporary American society and politics for what they are: species of infantile disorder, demanding attention (and sweets) now. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Motivational information on how ordinary citizens can make a huge difference in the American educational system."
An inside look at the Citizen Schools program. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >