Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

THE HUMOR CODE by Peter McGraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brave attempt to blend research, memoir and humor, but the result is not always smooth."
A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe cracking and waxing wise about humor. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Julia Cooke
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2014

"An excellent taste of Cuba today, without tourist plans or political agenda."
Following multiple trips to the island—organized by an unnamed friend, the "Communist fairy godfather"—first-time author Cooke (Writing/The New School) chronicles the lives of nine Cubans and their families in the years immediately after Raúl Castro replaced his brother as president. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking, semicontroversial scrutiny of modern parenting practices."
Kohn (Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling, 2011, etc.) attacks the status quo on child-rearing and parenting. Read full book review >
KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE by Robin O'Bryant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

" A cheeky, amusing motherhood memoir."
An inside look at mothering three small children. Read full book review >
I JUST GRADUATED...NOW WHAT? by Katherine Schwarzenegger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Inspirational tidbits on work and life from productive and happy people from diverse backgrounds."
Advice for one of life's most important transitions: stepping out into the "real" world after four years of college. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A gimmicky, patronizing book."
Advised to unplug, a world-famous media omnivore promptly creates a commencement speech, multimedia conference, hundreds of blog posts and a self-help book about being nice to yourself. Read full book review >
WHY NUDGE? by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike."
Harvard Law School professor Sunstein (Simpler: The Future of Government, 2013, etc.) takes up the question of the limits to government power in this intriguing revision of the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence he gave at Yale in 2012. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students."
Inspiring account of what it takes to overcome class and ethnic barriers to gain acceptance to college. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An important book that should be required reading for educators, parents and school boards."
An educator offers a bold prescription to promote equality in America's public schools. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone."
The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pencils of Promise explains the secret of his success: reliance on social media and "cause marketing." Read full book review >
WALKING PREY by Holly Austin Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"A powerful voice on behalf of young people who should not be stigmatized but need support from schools and communities to protect them from predators."
An unvarnished account of one woman's painful "journey from victim to survivor," as she came to understand the "dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation, especially child sex trafficking." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Will appeal to parents whose idea of comedy hews closer to Arrested Development than Leave It to Beaver—but do you want parenting advice from the Bluth family?"
A parent's-eye view of recent scientific research into "the job you can never quit," with a lot of winking. Read full book review >