Social Sciences Book Reviews

SQUEEZED by Alissa Quart
Released: June 26, 2018

"Well-written, wide-ranging, and vital to understanding American life today."
Fighting to stay in the middle class. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"There have been plenty of books covering similar territory—and there will be many more in the years to come—but rarely are they as persuasive and engaging as this one."
A stirring defense of "identity politics" and the need to reclaim narratives as well as a powerful account of the transformation of a journalist into an activist. Read full book review >

Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS by Alice Bolin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 26, 2018

"An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives."
In this engrossing debut collection of essays, Bolin (Creative Nonfiction/Univ. of Memphis) looks at two things: America's cultural obsession with dead girls in works of literature and on TV and Los Angeles from the perspective of both a newcomer and a veteran. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >

HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A momentous work of sociological and civil rights history."
A history of the 1973 events that set a club in New Orleans—and the gay community—on fire. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing."
Noted culinary writer Pollan (Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, 2013, etc.) makes the transition from feeding your body to feeding your head. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
An investigative report exposes rampant workplace sexual abuse against female immigrant workers. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A powerful text that floods the mind with illumination—and with agonizing questions."
Ehrenreich (Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything, 2014, etc.) returns with research and rumination on the complexity of our human bodies and the misconceptions of our minds. Read full book review >
INSANE by Alisa Roth
Released: April 3, 2018

"An eye-opening book that cries out for change—but can policymakers show the resolve to make that change?"
A searing exposé about the criminalization of mental illness that features a simple underlying theme that a society attempting the same disastrous policies over and over but expecting a different outcome is where the actual craziness resides. 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 >