Social Sciences Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sparklingly intelligent and well-researched cultural history."
A New-York Historical Society historian examines the impact of 20th-century newspaper columnist and women's self-help guru Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971). Read full book review >
SUPERNORMAL by Meg Jay
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A well-researched, abundantly documented, readable work of social science."
Probing the nature of resilience through the stories behind the people who thrive in adversity. Read full book review >

THE NEWCOMERS by Helen Thorpe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Humane and informative stories about refugees and their plights in America."
Personal stories of child refugees as they integrate into American society. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A potent, convincing manifesto on how female sexual equality marches onward despite cultural roadblocks."
A feminist perspective on sexual power and its uses and abuses in America. 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 >

THE ABU DHABI BAR MITZVAH by Adam Valen  Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While Karachi or Aleppo may not be next year's hot vacation destinations, Levinson proves there's ample reason to go."
While the blank spaces on the maps have long since been filled in, the psychological barriers walling off regions of the world where Westerners dare not tread are as tall as ever. Here, a "multimedia backpack journalist" explores some of them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. 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: Nov. 1, 2017

"A provocative, well-argued view of practices mostly abandoned by the nations of the world save for a few—the U.S. notable among them."
Study of the phenomenon of political imprisonment, a favorite ploy of authoritarians throughout history. Read full book review >
MISFIT'S MANIFESTO  by Lidia Yuknavitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."
One of the country's most gifted transgressive writers pens a love letter to her fellow misfits. 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. 17, 2017

"A prescient discussion of one of the darkest issues facing America today."
An alarming, well-researched account of how the far-right extremist underground became empowered in the era of Trump. 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 >