Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Nothing groundbreaking, but a friendly, supportive guide for navigating relationships."
A psychotherapist offers advice about how to be, and keep, a friend. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA by Elizabeth Catte
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype."
A terse rebuttal to the vision of Appalachia popularized by J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An expansive, prodigiously researched, and masterfully told history."
A "glittering saga" about the other black Renaissance. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"As the author shows, chasing prosperity is rather different from catching prosperity."
An exploration of contemporary Mozambique, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An astute, easily digestible guide to not being a jerk."
A comic deep dive into the modern culture of rudeness. Read full book review >

THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA by Elizabeth Flock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An eye-opening exploration of how tradition and star-studded dreams shape love in modern India."
Intimate portraits of three marriages reveal family life in Mumbai. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A weighty and robust history of a people disappeared from their own community."
The life, death, and diaspora of an American community. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A hopeful celebration of women's friendships."
A journalist examines the nature and impact of the friendships women form with each other. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A thoughtful historical account of a legal campaign that formed one of the main pillars for Brown v. Board of Education. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >
HALFWAY by Tom Macher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fresh voice examining addiction and recovery through its sustaining relationships."
A bleak yet affecting memoir about a teenage alcoholic's experience in recovery-oriented halfway houses, focusing on bonds of desperate camaraderie. Read full book review >
DECARCERATING AMERICA by Ernest Drucker
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A unified and hopeful collection that should interest attorneys, activists, and open-minded law enforcement professionals."
An urgent anthology suggesting progressive approaches to ending the era of overimprisonment. 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 >