Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"A marvelously concise yet thorough rundown of an issue with significant geopolitical ramifications."
A comprehensive study of the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnamese victims and the bilateral political attempt to help them. Read full book review >
SMALL ANIMALS by Kim Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An engaging, enlightening story that reveals the potential harm parents and society can do to children when they don't allow them any freedoms at all."
An incisive investigation of the many complex "points of intersection" between "parenthood and fear." Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A revealing look at the numbers, how they're derived and interpreted, and how they sometimes fail us. Timely reading for the coming midterm elections."
The inside dope on how polls work—and don't work—from CBS's News Director of Elections and Surveys. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A cogent analysis of dire threats to democracy."
The renowned political scientist argues persuasively, and urgently, that a desire for recognition of one's dignity is inherent in every human being—and is necessary for a thriving democracy. Read full book review >
HOT TUB SPACESHIP by Brian A.  Pankratz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"A philosophically inquisitive discussion of what it means to be a Christian."
In a series of meditative essays, a former preacher with brain cancer ponders death, love, and God. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE OF US  by Irwin  Redlener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2017

"Motivating and immensely uplifting; an engaging intimate memoir about impassioned connectedness with children in dire need."
Inspiring words from a global champion who believes in "fulfilling the promises and potential of all children." Read full book review >
HEARTLAND by Sarah Smarsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A potent social and economic message embedded within an affecting memoir."
Journalist Smarsh explores socio-economic class and poverty through an account of her low-income, rural Kansas-based extended family. Read full book review >
WHAT MY LEFT HAND WAS DOING by Joann  Castle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying blend of American history and personal reflection."
Debut author Castle recounts a life devoted to social activism in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2018

"A penetrating probe into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood sporting stories of our time."
A fascinating investigation into the role of football in American Samoan culture and the role of Samoans in American football. Read full book review >
THE DIGITAL WOMAN by Orit  Fussfeld Cohen
Released: Dec. 20, 2017

"A challenging but illuminating critique of female action heroes."
Debut author Fussfeld Cohen examines the rise of the female action hero in the digital age in this work of film criticism. Read full book review >
THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DEMYSTIFIED by James Y. Hung
Released: April 4, 2018

"An engrossing introduction to the riches of Chinese that should delight casual language mavens and more experienced speakers alike."
The world's most widely spoken language—and one of the most daunting to learn—has its idiosyncrasies dissected in this primer. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
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Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. 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 >