Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

ISLAND PEOPLE by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An eminently well-informed narrative."
A geographer's exuberant travel narrative about the nations and people of the Caribbean. Read full book review >
RULES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES by Becky Bond
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2016

"A lively update of and rejoinder to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, which, as this book very well may do, has long offered guidance to the right as well as the left."
Senior advisers to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign leadership offer pointers on how to start the next movement—or perhaps continue the one they started. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A lively contribution to popular histories of New York and its institutions, worthy of shelving alongside Robert Caro's The Power Broker and Edwin Burrows and Mike Wallace's Gotham."
An eye-opening history of the Manhattan hospital whose name is a byword for asylums everywhere. Read full book review >
THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >
WONDERLAND by Steven Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective."
An illumination of how civilization advances through the ways in which it plays. Read full book review >

PAYOFF by Dan Ariely
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A mostly provocative account of how inner turmoil drives us."
The latest in the TED series: a quirky exploration of the mysteries behind human motivation, in business and relationships. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An original, authentic take on the fissures developing behind North Korea's totalitarian facade."
A crisp, dramatic examination of how technology and human ingenuity are undermining North Korea's secretive dictatorship. Read full book review >
TRANNY by Laura Jane Grace
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fascinating, gripping, moving memoir perfect for anyone interested in learning more about gender identity or about the complicated inner workings of the music business.
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A visceral memoir that deftly explores Grace's experience fronting seminal punk band Against Me! as well as the years she spent grappling with gender dysphoria. Read full book review >
JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >
THE MOSAIC PRINCIPLE by Nick Lovegrove
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Lovegrove balances his book neatly between the nuts-and-bolts approach to being successful and the more philosophical sense of understanding yourself first before seeking to change the world for others."
Making the case for a mindful approach to career and life development. Read full book review >
PRESSURE MAKES DIAMONDS by Valerie Graves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Optimistic and galvanizing, Graves' message of hope and hard work is timely and applicable."
A pioneer in multicultural advertising recounts her life surmounting the odds of being African-American and female in a predominantly white male business arena. Read full book review >
WHERE’S DAD?  by Pat Combs
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"A call to duty and instruction manual that will appeal only to deeply conservative husbands and fathers."
A Christian-oriented book about the key role that fathers play in families. 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 >