Social Sciences Book Reviews

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 >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A brief but sensible entry in the abortion wars."
A law professor brings her learned perspective and anecdotal evidence to one of the world's most controversial topics. Read full book review >
WITH THE END IN MIND by Kathryn Mannix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An inspiring book on an always-difficult subject. Though for American readers the care facilities and specific treatments provided in the U.K. may differ, the personal stories will have universal resonance."
A physician reflects on her 30-year practice caring for the dying. 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 >
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Not without flaws but an important account of coming of age (and rage) within today's explosive racial dynamic."
A founder of Black Lives Matter chronicles growing up sensitive and black in a country militarized against her community. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren't true believers in the Trumpite cause."
If there's such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A valuable compendium of responses to the shallow, classist hostility to public education."
A methodical dismantling of the coordinated tenets of the free market assault on public education. 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 >
TEARS OF SALT by Pietro Bartolo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Though the chronological hopscotch makes it more like a scrapbook collection of memories than a cohesive narrative, there is great hope and poignancy here."
On a remote island between Italy and Africa, a doctor does everything he can to deal with the health crises of refugees. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Edifying, easy-to-understand scientific research that shows the benefits that accrue when a child is encouraged to be inquisitive, spirited, and intrepid."
Techniques to help your child grow and develop from a reactive to a receptive state. 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 >