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 >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sharp, thoughtful, sometimes-surprising account of how we build trust with strangers now."
How technology is changing our attitudes toward trust. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Not an apologia for resistance to immigration but rather a nuanced, important analysis of an issue fraught with complications."
A well-researched and authoritatively written analysis that resists easy answers and generalizations regarding the complex problems of immigration. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential—and highly pleasurable—reading for anyone who cares about ideas and innovation."
How we create. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY by Alexis  Okeowo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest."
Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A highly disquieting but important investigation of one of the most influential subcultures in American higher education."
A chilling exposé of American fraternity life. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. 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 >