Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fascinating and necessary critical work."
An acclaimed children's literature scholar picks up the mantle of Walter Dean Myers, Nancy Larrick, and others by exploring the ways in which the lack of diversity in children's literature negatively affects American culture as a whole. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >

VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. 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 >
FAITH AND WORLD by Mohammad Miraly
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"A compelling analysis of the relationship between Islamic thought and modernity."
A searching appraisal of contemporary Ismaili philosophy and its relation to modernity. Read full book review >

READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle  Kuo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
Released: March 30, 2017

"A wide-ranging, insightful, and convincing analysis of Mexican-American issues."
A book takes a cultural studies approach to the question of Mexican-American identity. Read full book review >
FALL DOWN 7 TIMES GET UP 8 by Naoki Higashida
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. While the science is incomplete, Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow."
A young Japanese man's searching account of autism, following The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (2013). Read full book review >
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT by Elizabeth Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Inspiring words to empower Warren's marching army."
Girded for battle, the senior senator from Massachusetts forcefully lays out the bleak picture of an American government increasingly controlled by corporate greed and special interests. Read full book review >
NOT SO GOOD A GAY MAN by Frank M. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fascinating reading, especially for fans of 20th-century science fiction."
A science-fiction novelist and late-blooming gay activist remembers his long and colorful life. Read full book review >
BLACK DETROIT by Herb Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience."
The history of the many contributions of African-American Detroit to the larger American project. Read full book review >
ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2017

"In this well-conceived book, the author demonstrates unforgettably that national borders constitute much more than lines on a map."
An exploration of the borderlands that deftly mixes memoir, groundbreaking sociology, deep reporting, and compelling writing. 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 >