Social Sciences Book Reviews

POPS by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 22, 2018

"Even when he's driving at cruising speed, Chabon takes his readers for an enjoyable ride."
A compact collection of thematically linked essays, perfectly timed for Father's Day. 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 >

SEX MONEY MURDER by Jonathan Green
Released: May 15, 2018

"A disturbing yet necessary, significant book by a journalist willing to place himself in danger."
The bloody history of a violent Bronx-based gang in the middle of the crack epidemic. 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: May 8, 2018

"An exciting look at London's queer history and a tribute to the 'various human worlds maintained in [the city's] diversity despite persecution, condemnation, and affliction.'"
A history of the development of London as the European epicenter of queer life. Read full book review >

Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH JOKE by Devorah  Baum
Released: May 2, 2018

"Delightfully entertaining and cheerfully insightful."
A compendium of jokes that reflect and create a sense of cultural identity. Read full book review >
MOTHERS by Jacqueline Rose
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Clever, insightful essays on motherhood as 'the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings.'"
In her latest book, Rose (co-director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; Women in Dark Times, 2014, etc.) examines how motherhood is broken apart, chewed, and spat back out. 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 >
US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. Read full book review >
HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. 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 >