Social Sciences Book Reviews

LIVED THROUGH THIS by Anne K. Ream
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 15, 2014

"A sad reality graced with hope, humanity and compassion."
The atrocity of sexual abuse as told by a captivating, diverse collective of survivors. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Compelling childbirth narratives told from fresh perspectives."
Thirty-one female writers (including the editors) narrate their highly personal experiences of giving birth, beginning with the choices they made in advance, and how the reality compared with their expectations. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing with men."
In this follow-up to their 2009 best-seller, Womenomics, which argued for women's right to demand flexibility at the workplace, BBC World News America Washington correspondent Kay and Good Morning America contributor Shipman address how a lack of self-confidence hinders women's career advancement. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM by Astra Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture."
A filmmaker turns her high-powered intellect not just on the Internet and its effect on our lives, but also on the sociological and economic forces that bend and shape it. Read full book review >
THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD MY DAUGHTER by Pearl Cleage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A warts-and-all self-portrait rendered in juicy, robust prose."
Cleage (Just Wanna Testify, 2011, etc.) reprints journal entries chronicling her tumultuous life in the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >

STRONG MOTHERS, STRONG SONS by Meg Meeker
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 8, 2014

"Solid, practical advice for women on how to properly nurture their sons."
How women can raise boys to become good men. Read full book review >
A BIGGER PRIZE by Margaret Heffernan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"The step-by-step accumulation of argument and evidence is overwhelming in its thoroughness and attention to detail."
Entrepreneur Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2011, etc.) systematically deconstructs the social myths associated with hypercompetitiveness while providing a formidable case about how counterproductive, and even perverse, it can be. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A balanced analysis of the future shape of the world's increasingly interdependent economies."
A veteran economist and money manager looks ahead at the currents and countercurrents likely to roil the global economy in the next thirty years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Completely over-the-top, scattered, only occasionally funny parenting humor. Pick up Robin O'Bryant or Jill Smokler instead."
Rants on the messier side of raising children. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 8, 2014

"Mostly stimulating stories of women's achievements sure to generate new ideas; best read in doses."
Success stories from women who have taken their lives in new directions. Read full book review >
LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An ideal graduation gift that, although aimed at women, has plenty to offer young men as well."
An expanded version of Facebook COO Sandberg's 2013 best-seller, this time with additional material aimed specifically at women just entering the workforce. Read full book review >
TIANANMEN EXILES by Rowena Xiaoqing He
HISTORY
Released: April 2, 2014

"A compelling account of idealism and the price it exacts."
Oral history of the monthlong student protest in Tiananmen Square and similar demonstrations throughout the country, based on interviews with three leaders of the movement brutally shut down by the Chinese government. Read full book review >