Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
IT'S COMPLICATED by Danah Boyd
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Comprehensive new research that illuminates why and how social media is important to teens."
An analysis of the role social media plays in the lives of teens. Read full book review >

OTHERHOOD by Melanie Notkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A fun, sexy examination of why more women are remaining childless longer and what that means for their lives and society."
A frank, hopeful look inside the world of single, childless women facing the end of their fertility. Read full book review >
KICKING THE KREMLIN by Marc Bennetts
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Bennetts insightfully portrays a Russia on the cusp of popular revolt."
Engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him, which are gaining steam. Read full book review >
PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE by John D. Mayer
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Those looking to win friends and influence people should turn to Dale Carnegie and his cheerful disciples. Mayer confines himself to invariably stimulating insights backed by solid scientific research, so readers looking to understand the human condition will certainly enjoy this book."
There is more to brainpower than IQ, writes Mayer (Psychology/Univ. of New Hampshire; Personality: A Systems Approach, 2006, etc.) in this astute exploration of a different form of intelligence: the ability to understand the personalities of other human beings as well as our own. Read full book review >

NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE by Emily Parker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A narrowly focused portrait of idealism in the face of oppression that is very nearly past its sell-by date."
An American journalist delves into the fringes of Internet activism in three countries forged from communist oppression. Read full book review >
YOUNG MONEY by Kevin Roose
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Of particular interest to young people contemplating a career in investment banking and trading, though with plenty of discouraging news."
It's not all beer and skittles on Wall Street. After all, writes New York business and technology reporter Roose, a budding Rockefeller needs to be able to "write a coherent memo to your boss after your third or fourth Jäger Bomb." Read full book review >
THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR by Haroon K. Ullah
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ullah ends his engrossing book on a note of guarded optimism: "[F]amilies, like entire nations, must sometimes have to withstand the toughest trials and endure almost beyond endurance.""
On-the-ground look at how terrorism has come to shape the way ordinary middle-class Pakistani families navigate their daily lives. Read full book review >
THE UP SIDE OF DOWN by Megan McArdle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Sage counsel on how to learn from failure with humor and grace."
An illuminating look at the psychology behind rebounding from defeat. Read full book review >
SEX AFTER... by Iris Krasnow
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A nuanced, revelatory account of the role of sexual freedom in modern intimacy."
Journalist Krasnow (The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married, 2011, etc.) shares the skinny on women's sex lives. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though the scope of the book is small and the style conversational, Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts."
A book so engagingly written and incisively reported that it will make readers who have never given a second thought to Denmark give at least passing thought to moving there. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Sparkling history of an artistically spirited age."
Fun, fascinating examination of the moment when American and British culture seemed to lose all inhibitions. Read full book review >