Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 11)

GRANNY IS MY WINGMAN by Kayli Stollak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Rife with obscene details, Stollak's fluffy memoir gives her a platform to replay dates as well as to reflect on her failed relationship with her ex and, at heart, to renew her appreciation for her grandmother."
Debut memoir recounting the romantic adventures of both a 20-something New York City singleton and her feisty Florida grandmother. Read full book review >
THE MONK AND THE SKEPTIC by Frank Browning
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A flawed but compelling discourse chronicling the "dual dictates of devotion and desire.""
The chance bonding of an outspoken NPR correspondent and a gay priest bridges the gap between faith and sexuality. Read full book review >

PLAYING HOUSE by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A fiercely, lyrically honest memoir."
A psychologist and nonfiction writer's frank meditations on how she formed a family and learned to love the people in her life. Read full book review >
PERV by Jesse Bering
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A master craftsman at refashioning reproductive biology into provocative composition, Bering nimbly probes "the darkest corners of our sexual nature" with no illicit aftertaste."
Outspokenly attesting that everyone's a pervert in some form or another, research psychologist Bering (Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections On Being Human, 2012) combines science, research and an unblushing curiosity to plumb the depths of sexual deviancy. Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Óscar Martínez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope."
Grim, grisly account of the predations suffered by impoverished migrants on the hazardous journey to el Norte. Read full book review >

WOMEN WHO DON'T WAIT IN LINE by Reshma Saujani
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A passionate call for women to rise above the expected norms in order to live productive, authentic lives."
A challenge to the dynamics of women in the workplace. Read full book review >
THE WHY AXIS by Uri Gneezy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Weak title aside, this book will interest general readers as well as individuals and companies seeking to influence behaviors."
More fun, Freakonomics-style stories about why people do the things they do. Read full book review >
MOTHERS WHO CAN'T LOVE by Susan Forward
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process."
Therapist Forward (Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage, 2001, etc.) explains how recognizing the reality of an abusive mother-daughter relationship is a necessary first step in dealing with psychological problems. Read full book review >
PHILOMENA by Martin Sixsmith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A searingly poignant account of forced adoption and its consequences."
A British journalist's novelistic biography about an unwed Irish mother and the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Read full book review >
EXODUS by Paul Collier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Valuable reading for policymakers."
An economist and expert on the world's poorest populations analyzes who migrates, why and the effects on host societies. Read full book review >
DEAR LUPIN by Roger Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice."
Epistolary commentary from a father to his son. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Practical and constructive information on breaking up a marriage."
A step-by-step guide to divorce. Read full book review >