Social Sciences Book Reviews

DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A welcome addition to the vast library on American religious discord."
Thoughtful study of the great schism between religious conservatives and progressives about women's control over their own bodies. Read full book review >
WOMEN AND POWER by Mary Beard
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman 'who dares to open her mouth in public' actually be given a hearing."
Noted classicist and essayist Beard (S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome, 2015, etc.) looks deep into the past and hard at the present to examine the power of women—and more often, their powerlessness—in a world of impatient men. Read full book review >
THE POLARIZERS by Sam  Rosenfeld
Released: Dec. 22, 2017

"A delight for policy wonks and politicos, Rosenfeld's insightful study of the development of political parties since World War II is highly instructive for our current moment."
An analysis of mid-20th-century American political movements and the rise of an ideology-based party system that paved the way for the current state of partisan dysfunction. Read full book review >

ACHTUNG BABY by Sara  Zaske
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An entertaining, informative, and enlightening narrative on the German methods of parenting that will have many in the U.S. reconsidering how they're raising their children."
How an American woman altered her parenting methods to mimic her new German neighbors. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Humans are makers, the author argues persuasively in this illuminating book, in need of renewed connection to the intelligence and ingenuity of craft."
Tracing human existence from prehistory on, a historian celebrates resourcefulness and skill. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
OFF THE CHARTS by Ann Hulbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A persuasive argument for nurturing 'childhood normalcy' even for the stunningly gifted and talented."
A journalist vividly portrays the positive and negative impacts of being a child prodigy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation."
Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism. Read full book review >
GRIEF WORKS by Julia Samuel
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though often touching on profoundly sad situations, Samuel's stories and reflections consistently hit an authentically inspiring note."
A psychotherapist shares stories and advice from her 25-year practice as a grief counselor. 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 >